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Where Have Cowboys Upgraded the Most This Offseason?

The 2017 season didn't go as they had planned in large part due to unforeseen to key players and unfortunate suspensions to others. These two things alone derailed what was supposed to be a big year for the Cowboys and would have an impact on their approach to the offseason.

Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys depth at several positions, or lack thereof, was exposed due to the two problem areas mentioned above. The organization definitely needed to make some changes if they wanted to become a better ball team in 2018, which is why the moves they made in both and in the draft are so important.

It's a little too early to know exactly how these new faces will fit in, but I think the Dallas Cowboys did an excellent job of addressing some problem areas. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you exactly which positions I believed they upgraded the most this offseason.

Swing Tackle

Cameron Fleming
Dallas Cowboys OT

The Dallas Cowboys were dead set on upgrading the swing position heading into the offseason and did just that by signing free agent Cameron Fleming. This could turn out to be the Cowboys most important move this offseason, especially with the concerns with 's ongoing back issues.

Tyron Smith has stated that his back is feeling better now than it has in years past, but the Cowboys now have a better insurance policy in place if worse comes to worse. Fleming can play on both the right or left side, something he did with the , which will please fans because I believe they have seen enough of .

Left Guard

Connor Williams
Dallas Cowboys LG

The left position was the weak link on the Cowboys last season and was in desperate need of upgrading. Dallas brought in free-agent and re-signed to provide depth, but neither would probably be an upgrade.

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys ability to remain patient in the paid off in a big way in the second-round when Connor Williams fell right in the lap. Williams played left tackle at the University of Texas, but will be asked to kick inside to guard in the NFL. He will likely be the Cowboys LG in 2018, but also has the versatility to play LT as well.

Running Back

Rod Smith
Dallas Cowboys RB

The biggest upgrade to the Dallas Cowboys running back position is the fact has had an entire offseason without any problems or anything hanging over his head. He will be out to prove something in 2018 and I can't wait to see him run with a renewed energy, something that was lacking last season. Elliott of course will handle the majority of the workload, but the depth behind him looks to be much improved.

No to Alfred Morris, but Rod Smith clearly outperformed him last season, which is why he will be the RB2. Then, Bo Scarbrough provides another physical runner to the mix, but will likely earn his living on special teams to begin with. Don't forget about 's addition. He will become the change of pace/receiving RB and could really add some much-needed speed to the offense.

Wide Receiver

Michael Gallup
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

The Dallas Cowboys were focused on improving the position after they drastically underperformed in 2017. They've certainly done their due diligence in trying to upgrade the position by investing in a couple of and draft picks, but from the outside looking in it doesn't look like enough.

Personally, I believe the passing game will be much better in 2018. I really have high hopes for Michael Gallup, the Cowboys third-round draft pick. I believe Gallup will end up being the best WR on the roster by the end of the season. I also think can adequately replace 's production. All in all, it may not look like the Cowboys have done enough, but I think they have upgraded the WR position.

Cornerback

Byron Jones
Dallas Cowboys CB

The Dallas Cowboys didn't add any new cornerbacks through free agency or the draft, but I still believe the position upgraded. Not only will rookies and be much more prepared in 2018, but Byron Jones' move to CB strengthens the position in my opinion.

A lot of fans have been down on Byron Jones since he was drafted in the first-round a few seasons ago, but I think he has been missed used during that time. I always thought Jones' best position was CB and I think he will prove that this year. And, when you have Anthony Brown, a former starter, as your fourth CB, your depth is pretty good.

Defensive End

Randy Gregory, Eagles
Dallas Cowboys DE (Eric Hartline- Sports)

was a one-man wrecking crew in 2017 and I don't see any reason why he can't pick up where he left off in 2018. Fortunately, things could become much more easy for him this season due to the addition of and a few reinforcements coming back from injuries and suspensions.

I really like what I've seen from Armstrong. He will be a good rotational piece as a rookie, but it's the return of and Randy Gregory that could improve the pass rush the most. Both are talented players that have yet to live up to their abilities. And, that's not even mentioning Taco Charlton, who should be much improved after finishing his rookie season on a high note.

Where do you think the Dallas Cowboys upgraded the most?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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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Nick Russo

As usual, I strongly agree with your article. I especially appreciate the comments about rod smith and Charles tapper, as I feel they are much better than they sometimes get credit for. Smith had a chance to prove it last year, and tapper was getting a ton of pressure albeit in the two games he played. I agree with the Byron jones outlook as well and think having a trio of jones and chido outside with Lewis in the slot will be formidable. I really like what the front office has done with the roster. They have been able to re-tool and create a young talented roster without having to fully blow things up I.e Seattle.

Nicholas J Burrow

If cowboys can sign McClain and get Gregory back, look out! With a rotation of Lawrence,Gregory, Taco, Armstrong, and Tapper; and Irving, Collions, McClain, Crawford, and Ward/Ealy/Jones….. Cowboys pressure issues will be their new strength.
I would like to see the McClain signing, as well as signing Navarro Bowman, and a trade for Earl Thomas for a 2nd round.

EverybodyTalks

The Offensive line is solid and has a good 2nd string.It’s almost like triple redundancy.
RB looks scary with Olawale and the Austin additions. I didn’t even mention Rod, Bo and Zeke.
WRs is a candy store. Gallup, Hurns, Wilson with Twill, Bease, Noah, Deonte – 1 to many and I feels like I forgot one.
CB – all you have to know is they didn’t draft one.
DE – so many my head hurts from the potential.
In the movie JAWS, the sheriff said, “We’re gonna need a BIGGER boat!!”
In Dallas, we are going to need a BIGGER roster!

Brian, a great article that makes you stop and think….Keep ’em coming. Thanks!

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