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Cowboys 2019 Roster Remarkably Similar to Their 1995 Super Bowl Team

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Cowboys 2019 Roster Eerily Similar to Their 1995 Super Bowl Team

Jason Garrett hasn't been a perfect head coach for the Dallas Cowboys by any means, but you can't fault what he, Will McClay, and the Jones' have built these last few years. They've put together arguably one of the most talented rosters a lot of us have ever seen, quite possibly the best in the history of the organization. In fact, the 2019 Cowboys roster is remarkably similar to their 1995 team who won Super Bowl XXX.

The mid to early 1990s where the Dallas Cowboys glory days. They were Super Bowl champions in '92, '93, '95, and just missed out a couple other seasons during that time span. They had a dynasty going for themselves, much like the present-day New England Patriots. Unfortunately free agency, age, injuries, and the salary cap era put an end to all of that almost as quickly as it had gotten started.

Since that 1995 Super Bowl team, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled in the playoffs, thus failing to make it back to the promised land. That of course could change here shortly if you believe in the talent Jason Garrett and company will put into action once the 2019 season gets underway. It may surprise you to learn, but I see a lot of similarities between this year's roster and the team who last won the Cowboys a Super Bowl.

Let's take a look…

OFFENSE

Position 2019 1995
QB Dak Prescott Troy Aikman
RB Ezekiel Elliott Emmitt Smith
FB Jamize Olawale Daryl Johnston
WR Amari Cooper Michael Irvin
WR Michael Gallup Kevin Williams
TE Jason Witten Jay Novacek
LT Tyron Smith Mark Tuinei
LG Connor Williams Nate Newton
C Travis Frederick Ray Donaldson
RG Zack Martin Larry Allen
RT La'el Collins Erik Williams

If you look at the Dallas Cowboys 1995 starting roster and the projected starters in 2019, you may notice a lot of similarities. It's a matter of opinion, but the Cowboys look have their new Triplets. They have the best running back in the NFL in Zeke like they did with Emmitt Smith. They also have arguably the most talented offensive line full of Pro Bowl caliber players. Surprised?

The similarities don't end there though. Tight End Jay Novacek was a key factor in the passing game, much like Jason Witten has been for more than a decade. And let's not forget about Fullback Daryl "Moose" Johnston. He was a major part of the Cowboys offense, and if rumors are true, Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore is expected to use Jamize Olawale in the same manner in 2019.

The talent and similarities between the projected 2019 Cowboys roster and the 1995 Super Bowl team is pretty uncanny, at least on offense. Both rosters are stockpiled with Pro Bowl talent. We can just hope this year's talented offensive squad can help hoist the Lombardi trophy like they did back in '95.

DEFENSE

Position 2019 1995
LDE DeMarcus Lawrence Tony Tolbert
RDE Robert Quinn Charles Haley
DT Antwaun Woods Russell Maryland
DT Maliek Collins Leon Lett
SLB Sean Lee Dixon Edwards
MLB Jaylon Smith Robert Jones
WLB Leighton Vander Esch Godfrey Myles
LCB Chidobe Awuzie Deion Sanders
RCB Byron Jones Larry Brown
SS Jeff Heath Darren Woodson
FS Xavier Woods Brock Marion

We've all heard that "defense wins championships", or so they say, so I was pretty surprised to see how the Dallas Cowboys 2019 projected starters stacked up against the talent they had on the '95 team. I'll admit, I like what I see.

I think it all starts up front with the defensive line. No, this year's team doesn't have the players who stack up to the likes of Haley, Tolbert, Maryland, or Lett, but they are formidable in their own right. That's especially true with DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn, who should terrorize opposing quarterbacks this year.

The Cowboys projected trio of linebackers this year has a chance to be something really special. That '95 team would probably salivate over the idea of having Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch play with them. But, Dallas' projected secondary has nothing on what they rolled out back then. They are a pretty good group, but not Darren Woodson/Deion Sanders good.

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Overall, there is a lot to like about the talent the Dallas Cowboys have been able to put together here recently. It's probably not fair to compare them to the 1995 Super Bowl champions, but it does kind of put things into perspective.

This year's team has Super Bowl aspirations. They believe they have the talent to get them there, and I think I would have to agree. Do you?

What do you think about the similarities between the 1995 and 2019 Dallas Cowboys?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Is 2019 Wide Receiver Group Best Dak Prescott Has Worked With?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Sean's Scout: Resilient Prescott Inches Cowboys Closer to NFC East Title

Dak Prescott will be leading the Dallas Cowboys offense for the fourth consecutive year in what has been a very unlikely career. In three seasons, he's led the Cowboys to two NFC East titles and one playoff win. He's done so with quality offenses, starting by a strong offensive line and an elite running back in Ezekiel Elliott. During his career in Dallas he's had some solid receivers, but he hasn't played with a group as strong as the one he'll have in the upcoming 2019 season.

This year's starters will be headlined by Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. Although there's many other intriguing players to watch at the position, those three are the presumed starting three.

Despite the big debate among fans and analysts, Prescott has been able to win games for this football team. Perhaps his worst came at the beginning of last season, when the team's plan of not having a WR1 backfired terribly.

In the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, Dak averaged only 202 yards per game. In that span he threw for less than 200 yards in four games. Once the team traded for Cooper, that average rose all the way up to 274 yards per game. He threw for less than 200 yards in only one occasion since then.

Michael Gallup Has Become a Sponge, Soaking up as Much as Possible

Michael Gallup is poised for a breakout season after a rookie season in which he improved every week. The Cowboys' 2018 third-round pick didn't get as much playing time at the beginning of the season as he fought for snaps with Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin among others. In the postseason, Gallup caught six passes for 119 yards. He still has a long way to go, but the talent is clearly there.

As for Randall Cobb, many fans have doubts. He's coming in to replace Cole Beasley, who was such an effective slot wide receiver. Cobb's style will likely be different, and although he might not be as good at shaking defenders off as ol' #11, he'll be more of a downfield threat than Beasley.

Comparing this starting group to the ones from prior years, it really seems like the best Dak Prescott has worked with. During his first couple of years in the league, Dak played with a Dez Bryant that (like it or not) wasn't anywhere close to his peak. 2016-2017 Dez wasn't on last year's Amari Cooper's level. Williams had his moments, but wasn't consistent and was well-known as a body-catcher.

This year's group has its question marks, that's for sure. Randall Cobb hasn't played a full season since 2015 due to injuries and Michael Gallup doesn't have a ton of experience and is yet to breakout. Even still, it seems like Prescott will have a great group of pass-catchers to help him lead the Cowboys to another NFC East title. It'll be an interesting fourth year for the young Cowboys quarterback. It's definitely good to see he'll have help.

Tell me what you think about "Is 2019 Wide Receiver Group Best Dak Prescott Has Worked With?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Training Camp Preview: Offensive Tackle

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The Dallas Cowboys appear to be bringing back the same key trip of players at offensive tackle from last year. But with talk that 2019 could be La'el Collins' last season in Dallas, will we see signs that the Cowboys are preparing for future changes in how they handle the position in this year's training camp?

With Tyron Smith as an All-Pro fixture at left tackle, and Cameron Fleming re-signed this offseason to be the swing tackle, the intrigue swirls around Collins and his impending free agency in 2020. If the Cowboys have no intention of paying La'el what he can command on the open market, what might they do now to lay the groundwork for Collins' exit?

Here's a quick look at the projected OT depth chart for 2019 camp:

  1. Tyron Smith, La'el Collins
  2. Cam Fleming, Jake Campos
  3. Mitch Hyatt, Derrick Puni, Brandon Knight

As was just said, the returning top three are locked in to those spots. Campos is a carryover from last year's practice squad, so that experience gives him a potential edge over the three undrafted rookies.

Back to the top, though, and this situation with La'el Collins. If Dallas had Collins locked up for years to come, they would likely only keep the two starters and Fleming as a backup. A fourth OT is unlikely to be active on game days, and they have Guard Connor Williams' college experience as a tackle in case of an emergency.

If the Cowboys are truly thinking that La'el won't be back in 2020, perhaps they use a roster spot now to hang on to a player who they value for depth next year.

Mitch Hyatt

Dallas Cowboys OT Mitch Hyatt

This is where undrafted rookie Mitch Hyatt becomes an intriguing figure in this 2019 camp. He comes from a championship college program at Clemson and was projected as a late-round pick this year. Dallas made him a priority free agent signing after the draft.

Of course, Campos, Knight, or Puni have the potential to make some noise as well. But Hyatt would seem to have the most upside of the group, and Dallas might be willing to consider him as a 2020 swing tackle option if he can hit the ground running in camp this year.

Cam Fleming is also going to need to have a strong camp to help the Cowboys' in their strategy. Letting Collins go would be predicated on their comfort level with Fleming as the right tackle next year. If he struggles now, then doesn't get much playing time in the regular season, that would likely shake their confidence.

The final result of all this talk could be that La'el Collins and Dallas actually do figure out a way to continue their relationship. But when the Cowboys drafted Connor McGovern in the third round of this last draft it felt like a future-pointed move, with Collins' projected departure the likely impetus for the investment.

What we may wind up seeing is McGovern taking over at left guard and allowing Connor Williams to replace Collins at tackle. But that's a discussion better saved for next offseason.

You can read more about La'el Collins impending free agency in this recent article by our own Kevin Brady. A few weeks back, I also discussed the idea that Dallas should trade Collins now rather than lose him as a free agent next year.

For now, the offensive tackles in 2019 should have continuity and stability. But if we really pay attention in this training camp and preseason, we may see signs of what the Cowboys are planning to do at the position in the coming years.

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Randall Cobb Will Be a Different Slot WR for Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Randall Cobb

The Dallas Cowboys signing Randall Cobb might just be the most underrated move of their offseason. For less than five million dollars, they got an experienced wide receiver who is only 28 years old. The former Green Bay Packer has had a solid career wearing green and yellow and now gets the chance to play with the Cowboys' colors. But what can we expect from the veteran wideout?

There are some players who are absolute locks to make the 53-man roster and Cobb is one of them. That much is clear. On the depth chart, he probably sits behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, who will likely be the number one and number two receivers, respectively.

With Cole Beasley departing to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, Cobb is expected to take his place as the offense's starting slot receiver. Cowboys Nation knows very well just how good Beasley was at playing in the slot. His ability to shake defenders off was really impressive and his hands were reliable. However, we might see something different from Cobb.

Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Yes, it all points toward him playing the same position, but don't expect him to be a Beasley 2.0. This is of course, not a bad thing. Something fans consistently complained about Scott Linehan's offense were the short routes receivers had to run. In Cobb's short time with the Cowboys, we're seeing deeper routes even out of the slot position.

Bryan Broaddus from DallasCowboys.com wrote: "the ball to Cobb even playing out of the slot is further down the field. We hadn’t seen that from Cole Beasley and visually it looks different."

This should be exciting for Cowboys fans, specially considering all the positive reviews on new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. What we see from Randall Cobb in 2019 could be very different from what we had seen from Beasley in prior years.

It's also worth mentioning that word is Cobb has quickly developed an important chemistry with his new quarterback, Dak Prescott. Beasley was very important in Prescott's rookie season, when he averaged 52.1 yards per game and accounted for five touchdowns.

While Beasley was an important receiver for Cowboys, he wasn't really known as a team leader. Cowboys reporter Lindsay Cash Draper wrote about Cobb's leadership skills will carry on to the team whether he's doing it intentionally or not. It's always good to have such presences out there on the training field to spark the team.

Randall Cobb won't be this team's #1 guy or anything like that, but he will surely contribute every week. When we look back to this offseason, I believe this signing will look like a great move by the Cowboys' front office.

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