The Dallas Cowboys look to improve on their sensational 2016 football season.
With the addition of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, the Cowboys were one of the more successful football teams in 2016, but lost in the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. That loss proved that this team might be ready to win in the regular season, but might be a player or two away from the postseason success that many feel they will have over time.
During the 2017 free agency, the Cowboys lost key members of that secondary that got shredded by Aaron Rodgers in that playoff game. The overhaul was bound to happen, but it also took away veterans from a secondary that finds themselves very young now minus Orlando Scandrick.
Per profootballspot.com, the Cowboys are predicted to repeat as NFC East Champions in 2017. However, they feel that they might be underrating the importance of their defensive losses.
— Cowboys on PFS (@spotcowboys) May 18, 2017
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 15, 2017
The fresh look secondary has a good chance to have the fewest career starts in the league. That usually isn’t a good thing for a team that is looking to defend the likes of Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, and the six games inside the division. However, the Cowboys have one of the better offenses in the league and possibly the best ground game in the league when it comes to running the clock. That can only help a young defense like the Cowboys have.
The success of the Cowboys in 2017 might rely on the youth on defense that the Cowboys will be putting on the field. Players like Jaylon Smith, Charles Tapper, Byron Jones, and the rookie class of 2017 will be carrying a crucial role in how the Cowboys do in 2017. With Smith and Tapper looking to make their Cowboys debuts in 2017, it will be like they have a pair of extra rookies in the 2017 class.
If the Cowboys 2017 rookie class lives up to the hype, the Cowboys will be playing in February at Super Bowl 52!