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Cowboys CB Anthony Brown welcomes competition from all - Mark Lane, WFAA

Anthony Brown could be an important fixture in the Cowboys secondary in 2021.

Dallas knows that they have at least one starting cornerback for new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s defense. Trevon Diggs, Dallas’ second-round pick from a year ago, figures to be a starter.

What competition throughout training camp and preseason will solve is who will start opposite him, a problem that the Cowboys have been working through all offseason since the departure of 2017 second-round cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in free agency.

“We lost Chido, so we got to replace him and somebody got to come in,” said Brown. “So, there’s always going to be competition and you got to do your part and don’t worry about that. Like I said, make everybody better around you. At the end of the day, if we win, everybody wins.”

Dak Prescott predicts breakout season for this teammate - Stephen Mullenax, The Landry Hat

No reason not to think CeeDee Lamb won’t thrive in 2021.

Entering his sixth season under center in Dallas, Prescott is now at the helm of one of the league’s top offenses. And that’s due in large part to a wide receiver corps that includes Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and 2020 first-round selection and budding superstar, CeeDee Lamb.

In fact, here’s what Prescott said recently about Lamb heading into his second season in Dallas according to The Athletic’s Jon Matchoa via Twitter …

“My expectations are super high. … Throwing it to [Lamb] and watching him get off the line, run routes, go up and get contested balls time and time again. It’s exciting. …He’ll be big time and definitely have a breakout season.”

Despite only having Prescott under center for less than five full games. Lamb was still able to put up impressive numbers despite the abundance of receiver talent surrounding him in Dallas. The recently-turned 22-year old posted 74 receptions for 935 yards and seven total touchdowns. One of those scores coming off a rushing attempt and another off a kick return.

Cowboys offseason wrap-up: Top highlights and observations from minicamp week - Jon Machota, The Athletic

Ezekiel Elliott should have a bounce back year for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021.

4. Ezekiel Elliott continues to look more explosive. It will be interesting to see how he builds on a strong showing in OTAs and minicamp when the team begins training camp. Probably the only negative for Elliott during the time reporters were allowed to watch practice came on Wednesday when he slipped during a red-zone period. With Elliott on the ground, Prescott’s pass ended up right in the hands of veteran safety Jayron Kearse, who returned it 95 yards for a touchdown. Elliott was so frustrated about slipping on the play that he stayed motionless, face down, on the turf for about 30 seconds. Other than that, he looked sharp throughout the offseason in both the running and passing games.

“Zeke looks great,” Prescott said. “Zeke’s in the best shape of his life. Looking fast. Obviously, everybody’s seen the clips of him working out independently with his running back coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited just to have a full year with him again and getting him healthy throughout the whole season. When Zeke’s healthy and Zeke’s doing his thing, he’s the best running back in the league. It’s just exciting to see him in the best shape of his life, or best shape since he’s been in the NFL. That’s going to be special for us moving forward.”

Top five pass-catching tandems in the NFL; Cowboys offense worthy of the hype - Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Dallas Cowboys offense has the weapons to do some damage in 2021.

It’s hype season in the NFL, and Dallas WR Michael Gallup had a pretty bold assessment of the Cowboys’ offensive outlook.

“I think the sky’s the limit for us,” Gallup said on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football earlier this week. “We said that last year. Obviously, we had some injuries on the team and stuff like that. We’re already running out the gate right now, it’s just OTAs. I think we can explode. We can do what we need to do out here on the field and just kill it. I don’t see anybody stopping us.

Strong words, but honestly, he’s right about the offensive potential of “America’s Team.” The Cowboys aren’t just teeming with talent at the skill positions, but they have a monstrous offensive line that can return to being one of the NFL’s top units with better health luck in 2021.

Every NFL team’s biggest x-factor for 2021 - Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report

Randy Gregory should be a big part of Dallas’ success or failure on defense in 2021.

Dallas Cowboys: EDGE Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory recorded more quarterback hits for the Dallas Cowboys last season than anybody currently on the Dallas roster. That despite the fact the 2015 second-round pick played in just 10 games, didn’t make a single start and was on the field for just 25 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

That goes to show how disappointing the highly paid Demarcus Lawrence was yet again, but also how much potential Gregory possesses if he can keep it together on and off the field.

That, of course, has been a huge problem for the tantalizing former Nebraska star. Injuries and off-field issues have kept him from becoming a consistent presence thus far in his career. Now, at 28, he’s on track to start a season in good standing with the league for just the second time in the last six years.

A bottom-10 Dallas defense in terms of DVOA needs more from Lawrence but also more punch across the board on that side of the ball. With Aldon Smith gone, a breakout year from Gregory could be a game-changer for the Cowboys.

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