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4 Reasons For Optimism About The 2018 Dallas Cowboys

Now that the 2018 Draft has come and gone, we can finally start looking forward to the actual . The finished off their 2017 campaign rather disappointingly, leading most fans to believe this is a do-or-die year for many people within the organization.

While things may seem dire to some, and the Cowboys certainly have their roster holes, I do believe there are reasons to remain optimistic about how good this team can be in 2018.

So, why not list four of said reasons?

The Running Game Is Back

By using their second round pick on offensive lineman the Cowboys made a statement: it's time to get back to what they do. Too often last season this didn't look like we all know it can, and whether it was due to or , those problems are hopefully behind them.

The Cowboys will get their All-World Ezekiel Elliott for all 16 games (barring injury), and post arguably the best group of five offensive linemen in the entire league.

While there are questions about the Cowboys' receiving corps and group, there should be no doubt what the identity of this team will be. And that identity in itself is cause for optimism.

Kris Richard And The New-Looked Secondary

Last the Cowboys made changes in their that many doubted, but one year in they are looking like forward-thinking geniuses because of those moves. Allowing veteran cornerbacks and Morris Claiborne, as well as safeties JJ Wilcox and , to walk in was step one in revamping and rebuilding the Cowboys .

Now, as rookies Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods enter year two the Cowboys should see more tangible success on the field. All three had successful rookie seasons, but with extra experience and comfortability they should be improved in 2018.

Former Kris Richard will have his hands all over this secondary, and we should be excited about what they'll look like going forward.

Year Three Dak Prescott

Much of is down on after a shaky end to the , but I believe we should be optimistic about his development heading into year 3.

Prescott did things his rookie season that we have rarely ever seen, leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, a division crown, and going toe-to-toe with in the . Now, Prescott gets his running back for all 16 games and an improved in front of him. Dallas has also added receivers that will hopefully better fit Prescott's skill set in Michael Gallup and .

We all saw what Dak looks like when things around him are clean, and they should be as clean as ever in 2018.

The Rush-Men

Last but certainly not least, we should all be excited about what this Cowboys pass rush can be.

returns after his career year, and now playing under the franchise tag, he still has something to prove. Lawrence was on another level in 2017, and as long as he remains healthy, he should be incredibly productive this year.

has begun to come along as a downright beast, aiding this pass rush from the interior. Hopefully will take another step forward and continue to add to his pass rushing repertoire as well.

And, of course, there is still the hope that can return and be the explosive edge rusher the team is still looking for.

If all goes right, this pass rush has the chance to be among the league's best.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Bradyhttps://kevinrobertbrady.wordpress.com
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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