We’ve arrived Dallas Cowboys fans, we are now on the verge of a new season! Training camp arrives this week and that brings new hope that this is the season for greatness. It feels like the Cowboys know they have something to prove after last year’s disappointment.
As this big week approaches, here are five Cowboys I’m interested in watching in camp:
Everyone wants to see how prized rookie Leighton Vander Esch will perform, so there will be plenty of eyes on him. Gallup has been talked up by many draft pundits since his selection in the third round, so he has some lofty praise to live up to. He has the skills to become a number one receiver for Dallas at some point during this season; Gallup has great hands and the versatility to line up from a variety of positions for this offense. It’s going to be exciting watching Gallup play, especially since wide receiver will be one of the fiercest battles in camp.
This is a no-brainer, Gregory has barely played since the Cowboys drafted him in 2015, but the intrigue remains. We need to see him in football shape and it may take a few weeks for him to get going, but Gregory is still the best pure pass rusher on the team. It’s going to be fun to watch a focused Randy Gregory and see how good he can make this defense.
It’s no secret the Cowboys need a tight end to step up in the absence of Jason Witten and Jarwin may have the most to gain. We talked about the praise Jarwin has earned from Will McClay and Stephen Jones this offseason, well, it’s time to find out what the hype is all about. Rico Gathers might have the most intrigue heading into camp, but Jarwin is the one to watch out for and could have the biggest impact at tight end.
Jones has played solid football for the Cowboys in his first three seasons, but this could be the year he makes a real name for himself. The team has moved him back to corner full-time and the aggressive scheme under new secondary coach Kris Richard might be exactly what Jones needs to take the next step. It will be very interesting to see how Byron performs now that the Cowboys have a solid plan for their elite athlete at cornerback.
The team has stayed pretty cool about trading for Earl Thomas, which means they must believe in this young safety. Woods showed last year he had some versatility and could be ready to take his game to the next level. This is another player who is getting positive vibes from the new secondary coach; Woods has been pouring over tape with Richard and has been said to be a quick learner. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Richard said: “He’s fast, he’s bright, he’s got ball skills and he fits the profile.” Xavier Woods is definitely someone to watch in training camp.
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