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    Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Starters Uninspiring in Week 17 Win

    Playing more than enough of their starters in hopes of ending this on a high note at the Eagles, the Cowboys produced a lackluster 6-0 win that will surely leave a bad taste in the mouths of – despite it being a victory.

    The win put the Cowboys at 9-7 on the season, and it is a shame they had nothing to play for in this regular season finale. Once again in , it was the holding back another fantastic performance by 's .

    We'll discuss both units in this final 2017 version of Sean's Scout.

    • You have to love the way was able to bring physicality to a young Cowboys that had another solid game. 

    There were times earlier in this season when it seemed the Cowboys' second-round pick would have a lost season due to multiple hamstring injuries, but Awuzie quickly tuned around his rookie campaign by coming in and playing with exceptional technique and awareness.

    With enough length to turn and run, Awuzie thrived in this zone scheme by keeping everything in front of him, as he did on his interception of . With Dallas in Cover 2 on the play, Chidobe read Foles' eyes the whole time to the boundary and was in position to cut off the pass.

    This is a topic we'll now have much more time to discuss, and it is a hollowing one considering it was truly the Cowboys offense that kept them from the this season. The need for new talent at WR is clear, but the need for a target that better suits Prescott's strengths going into year three is even more important.

    His pass catchers, along with inconsistencies in pass protection, were the main reasons Prescott struggled in 2017, although in this game it seemed like the only time he was affected in the pocket was when forcing the ball late to Bryant.

    Coming from a spread system in college, Prescott simply does not have experience throwing his receivers open — relying on route combinations and separation ability to hit open targets. Dez Bryant hasn't been that type of player through his career, and certainly isn't now that he's lost a step.

    • 9 wins for a team unlike their usual selves up front offensively is still pretty impressive. 

    The Cowboys got nearly no impact from any of their signings this season, which is why the depth of the team held them back once again. Veteran was brought in as a backup swing , but he is simply not a scheme fit at tackle here.

    Dak Prescott should not have been playing with Bell as his LT, and eventually at LG after went down.

    Bell lacks the quick-twitch ability and athleticism needed to be successful on every down, and it showed as he was again beaten by both speed and power against the Eagles.

    The Cowboys have proven their acumen drafting young OL talent that performs at a high level early and often. So, instead of relying on more , like Bell and Looney, drafting talent up front to spark the and give Prescott adequate protection is likely the best answer.

    • Ryan Switzer's ability to separate late in the down really stood out, as he finally got his chance at WR without

    Growing calls for more of Ryan Switzer on offense will surely take root this after he caught four passes for 32 yards in the absence of Cole Beasley yesterday. More of a one-speed player at North Carolina, Switzer's spacial awareness and smoothness in giving Prescott somewhere to throw the ball as plays developed was really impressive.

    In order to be a great team at the , you have to accurately scout your own roster. It will be fascinating to see just how the Cowboys feel about their current pass catchers, with not only Ryan Switzer but the likes of and addition K.D. Cannon in the fold as well.

    • The Cowboys found themselves a valuable addition to their rotation at DT with

    Jones was able to push the pocket throughout this game in Philadelphia, and has done so consistently since getting here, at both the 1T and 3T positions. Using his hands to generate power as a down-the-line player, Jones plays with great pad level. That allows him to shoot gaps when needed, or anchor the line of scrimmage.

    The Cowboys have not prioritized adding premier talent at DT in recent years, and may forego it again this offseason as well. The Cowboys expect to contribute further with another season at 1T and back at 3T.

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    To everybody who made this 2017 season at as enjoyable as ever, I would like to thank the readers of Sean's Scout. All this aspiring scout can ask for is to enhance the fan experience through both wins and losses, and your feedback on this series helped me to confidently do just that.

    As we prepare for an even better 2018, won't be going anywhere! I'm shifting my full attention towards the NFL Draft, looking for prospects that could help the Dallas Cowboys reach the playoffs again next season.

    Thank you for another roller-coaster ride we call football season, Cowboys Nation. Truly the best fans anywhere.

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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