More

    Cowboys 2018 Preview: Which Offensive Starting Jobs Are Open?

    We're still about a month away from the start of the 2018 . However, even now, we have a good sense of what starting jobs are open and which ones have already been decided for the upcoming season.

    Before we get into the open positions, let's look at the ones that appear to already set. Barring or some other unpredictable occurrence, here are the guys who you can bet on starting this season:

    Even with these probable and assured starters, there are a few considerations to be made.

    For example, Allen Hurns may be the team's highest-paid receiver and the assumed replacement to Dez Bryant. But he's still brand new to this team, so chemistry with Dak Prescott and system familiarity make him a little risky early one.

    La'el Collins will be a starter, but are we sure it's at ? If nobody impresses at left , Dallas could still elect to move Collins back inside and start veteran Cam Fleming at tackle.

    Still, these aren't likely. So, of the 22 primary positions on both sides of the ball, we have 12 players who are safe bets to start. What about the other 10 spots? What's are the possibilities and probabilities there?

    Today, we'll focus on the offense.

    Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley
    QB Dak Prescott and WR (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

    Wide Receiver

    Given his previous success and chemistry with Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley could seem an easy bet for the WR2 position. But there are several factors to consider.

    Third-round rookie is more of an all-around receiver and his play already in and minicamp has impressed. He also gives the Cowboys a young WR to form a new trio with Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott; an offensive nucleus they would hope to build on for years to come.

    If Gallup keeps excelling, Dallas won't hesitate to give him a starting job. Beasley is a next year and the rookie is locked up for four seasons.

    There's also to consider, all of his recent personal shenanigans aside. He offers system familiarity and exceptional run blocking, which is good for a starting role. You want Williams on the field when the ball is going to Ezekiel Elliott on early downs.

    This speaks to the reality that being the starter may not necessarily lead to getting the most targets. Beasley could be the and still easily get more passes than the WR2 by the end of the season.

    The good news is that the Cowboys have options, which should also mean depth once things shake out.

    Blake Jarwin
    Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (Kevin Terrell via AP)

    Tight End

    Arguably the most wide open position on the whole roster, is a massive crater in the offense with the impact of 's retirement. Who will fill the void?

    While veteran is getting the early deference, he's hardly locked in as the starter. Swaim's nine career catches give him hardly any cache over rookie or prospects and Blake Jarwin.

    It truly is a four-man race for the starting role, which makes things fun but also tense for the next two months. The reality that none of these guys will likely be able to perform on Jason Witten's level is also scary.

    Thankfully, though, they may not have to. Dallas appears to be moving to more of a spread offense better suited to Dak Prescott's style, which may reduce the expectations of the TE position from the last 15 years of Witten.

    As we mentioned before with Terrance Williams, Geoff Swaim is a proficient run blocker. Couple that with his experience and he's the best bet to start, but we could see a steady rotation throughout the year as Dallas tried to figure out which guy is best suited for the long term.

    For Connor Williams, Being Shoulder to Shoulder with Tyron Smith is Nothing New
    Dallas Cowboys G

    Left Guard

    Second-round pick Connor Williams will get the first crack at being the new starter at , but rookies rarely have a guarantee when it comes to any first-year role. Throw in that he'll be transitioning from tackle to guard, and Connor has some clear question marks.

    As mentioned already, Dallas could decide to flip La'el Collins back to LG and start someone else at right tackle. Ironically, that could also be Connor Williams. The Cowboys might decide that the rookie is better at his college position. It could also be the aforementioned Cam Fleming.

    Also competing for the job at guard will be veterans and . Both have position flex as centers or guards, meaning one could start and the other could be your top interior reserve. That versatility is nice for them and for the Cowboys, allowing the best man to win.

    Chaz Green is also still hanging around, and surprisingly got first-team reps ecently when Zack Martin was missing camp. The Cowboys have invested a lot in Green and are understandably desperate to still get something for their trouble. He may get more of a chance to compete here than we'd have guessed.

    But still, this should be Connor Williams' job to lose. A second-round pick is no small thing, especially for a guy expected to play interior line. Those picks are made with the goal of finding a starter, and Williams will get every chance to prove if he can handle it or not.

    ~ ~ ~

    As you can see, there's going to be some real turnover in the Cowboys offense this year. But this is only half the roster, and there's even more opportunity on the other side of the ball.

    Come back tomorrow for a breakdown of the open starting jobs on .

    spot_imgspot_imgspot_img
    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

    Latest

    Cowboys remain resilient in statement win over the Giants

    It wouldn't truly be Thanksgiving without a side of...

    #DALvsNYG: 2nd-half adjustments gobble Giants up

    The Dallas Cowboys overcame a shaky first half and...

    DAL 28, NYG 20: Cowboys bounce back to claim a Thanksgiving Day victory

    After a rough first half, the Cowboys came out...

    Halftime Report: Shaky start for the Cowboys, Giants lead 13 – 7

    Giants were up first on offense but were forced...

    Newsletter

    Daily Cowboys News in Your Inbox
    Name:*
    Your email address:*
    Please enter all required fields Click to hide
    Correct invalid entries Click to hide

    Trending Now

    Fantasy Outlook: It’s Hard to Trust any Cowboys Player Next Season

    I am already looking forward to my fantasy football...

    Cowboys Reveal New Uniforms for Week 17 vs Titans

    Another uniform emerges for the Dallas Cowboys to wear...

    Diggs Island – Trevon Diggs is entering elite status

    It’s hard to find a cornerback that is under...

    Will Jalen Tolbert suit up again this season?

    The third-round pick out of South Alabama has been...

    Why are the Dallas Cowboys Considered “America’s Team?”

    The Dallas Cowboys are one National Football League team...

    The Star: Getting Inside the Dallas Cowboys New Home

    The Dallas Cowboys star logo is one of the...

    Cowboys Nostalgia: Before Jerry Jones

    25 years ago Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys...

    Is Rush Hour Almost Over? Jerry Jones Suggests It Might Be

    Earlier in the week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated...

    No excuses for the Cowboys anymore — Can they figure it out?

    Halloween may be over, but Aaron Rodgers is still haunting the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys fall to the Green Bay Packers in overtime 31-28, after...

    Right and Wrong: Cowboys vs Bears

    Sunday's game sure was a crazy one. While many fans expected a super low-scoring defensive match-up, we instead got a game that had a...

    The Dak Knight Rises — Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense tame the Bears

    Dak Prescott and the Cowboys’ offense have faced questions all season long, with many people wondering if this offense was ever going to put...