The state of the Cowboys roster is one that many people are trying to examine these days.
Recently legendary front office figure (and Pro Football Hall of Famer) Gil Brandt graded Dallas as having the second-best roster across the entire National Football League. That’s high praise coming from someone who has seen as much as he has.
Even more recently, the gurus over at Pro Football Focus did their best to rank rosters themselves over at ESPN. PFF grades are always something that tend to either generate love or hate, their work is incredible but sometimes raises an eyebrow.
PFF found the Cowboys to have the 12th-best roster across the NFL, Gil Brandt is likely the one raising a brow, and they went as far as qualifying exactly where the team’s biggest weakness is. It’s an answer that may surprise you... wide receiver.
Biggest weakness: At this time last season, the Cowboys’ biggest weakness was their wide receiver corps, but the arrival of Amari Cooper was a huge help in the second half of 2018. However, Dallas could still use more weapons there. As a team, the Cowboys had the 16th-best receiving grade (75.4) in the NFL last year, something they can improve upon as they evaluate Dak Prescott’s long-term future at quarterback.
Obviously the Cowboys aren’t going to grade well when you look at their 2018 performance at wide receiver. Half of it is void of Amari Cooper, and Michael Gallup was a rookie. Looking at who they will be this season though, there’s a lot of reason to believe the unit (at least the top of it) is legitimate.
Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb are a trio that any team across the NFL would be thankful to employ. That’s talent, potential, and a mixture of both. While there is some question about the depth behind them it’s more of who will rise to the occasion, not how can the Cowboys find someone to fill in the roster spots.
If we’re boiling things down, you could argue that the team’s biggest weakness is safety or even backup quarterback if you want to go that far. Those are much bigger concerns for this Cowboys roster than their receiver group, especially with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup playing their second seasons with the team.
What’s the biggest weakness on the Cowboys roster?
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