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With Dallas’ Top Two Targets Gone, Who Steps Up?

The Dallas Cowboys are headed into the 2018-2019 season without two of their best players from the past few years. Mr. Reliable, Jason Witten, who leads the team in all time receptions, yards, and is second in touchdowns, retired. Red zone target Dez Bryant, who is the all time touchdown reception leader, was cut from the team in the off-season. This brings up the question, who will step up for the Cowboys this season?

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Many thought the Cowboys would address the need for Wide Receiver in the first round of the 2018 draft. Instead, they signed Wide Receiver Allen Hurns. They followed that signing up by drafting Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup. The easy answer would to say who steps up would be to say Hurns and Gallup cover the receptions lost, but I feel there will be one player, and a whole unit who make up the lack of Bryant and Witten.

First, I believe the return of Running Back Ezekiel Elliot will make up the majority of lost yards and touchdown. His presence in the back field will force defenses to stack the box more, freeing up receivers to have one on one battles. He will also open up play action, which Quarter Back Das Prescott excels in. With his blocking ability, I believe Prescott with flourish in both the run and pass game. I would not be surprised to see Elliot lead the league in rushing yards again, and have double digit touchdowns.

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My surprise take on who steps up in the absence of lost players, is the defensive unit. This Cowboys defense has done nothing but improve over the last few years. Dallas has hit the jackpot with draft picks, and I believe this years draft pick backs that up even more. Boise State Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was selected in the first round. Adding him to a defensive unit with a healthy Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and Demarcus Lawrence will wreck havoc on defenses this year. This underrated defense will force turnovers and score points, and help win games. Give us your thoughts on who steps up in Big D this year.W

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