Matt Miller is a draft analyst and a former longtime writer for Bleacher Report who has now moved on and invested in himself. This year he became a regular as an ESPN analyst and he most recently published an article handing out roster grades for the NFC East division on his own website (paywall).
Here is a snippet of what Miller says about the Dallas Cowboys and the roster grade he assigned to them.
Overall Roster Grade: B-
The return of quarterback Dak Prescott likely makes the Dallas Cowboys the favorite to win the NFC East this year, but there are still questions surrounding the health of the offensive line after left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle La’el Collins missed significant time in 2020. The offensive skill players might be the best in the NFL, though, which will carry the team far if they are able to remain healthy.
Defensively, the Cowboys are betting a new defensive coordinator (Dan Quinn) will cover up the lack of elite playmakers. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is still a top-tier player, but the team lacks playmakers at safety and cornerback. The hope has to be that Trevon Diggs and Trysten Hill—former second round picks—develop in this new 4-3 scheme.
Everything Miller says about the Dallas Cowboys rings true. If Tyron Smith and the rest of the offensive line can stay healthy, Dallas’ offense should be one of the best, if not the best, in the entire league.
Defensively is where all of the questions arise. No one, not even the Cowboys, know with any kind of certainty what kind of defense Dan Quinn can turn this unit into. On paper there’s reason to believe they should be better this season than they were a year ago, but we all know there’s no guarantees in the NFL.
Matt Miller’s B- grade for the Dallas Cowboys roster is pretty reasonable. There are way too many unknowns right now to assign them a higher grade. And if you’re wondering, only the Washington Football Team (B) was graded higher followed by the Philadelphia Eagles (B-) and New York Giants (C+).
Do you agree or disagree with Matt Miller’s roster grades for the NFC East division?