We are less than a week away from the Dallas Cowboys reporting to Oxnard, CA for training camp. With another Cowboys season on the horizon, there are still many questions and concerns to be sorted out on this team. The Cowboys have many players who have proven to be steady performers, they also have a few veterans that are looking for bounce-back years, and a few players that they are looking to to breakout in 2021. For real success, the team needs a few players who can exceed expectations and take the next step in their careers.
The following three players are poised to make an impact on the Cowboys season for better or worse. For the Cowboys season to reach the ultimate goal, they will need to breakout in 2021.
1. Randy Gregory
Randy Gregory’s development will be key to this defense’s success. The Cowboys have been desperately looking for a consistent contributor on the other side of Demarcus Lawrence for years. They have tried adding pieces via free agency/trade, notably Robert Quinn and Aldon Smith, and although both showed glimpses, nothing has been sustainable long-term for the Cowboys.
Randy Gregory’s maturation has been well documented this offseason. Gregory looks poised to put his past transgressions behind him and make 2021 his best season yet. Opportunities will be there for him as the Cowboys defense will lean on him to be the other pass rusher across from Lawrence, and it is believed that this year will see him being tasked with his most extensive opportunity yet as a professional. Gregory will look to build on his 21 tackles and 3.5 sacks he tallied in limited action in 2020 and the Cowboys sure hope this year will finally be the year they see the best of him.
2. Trevon Diggs
Trevon Diggs will be a huge component to the Cowboys defensive success. Diggs showed promise last year as he progressed from a shaky start to his career into a playmaker later in the season. Diggs took his lumps at times like many young players, but the overwhelming feeling around the team, and the league as a whole, is that Diggs is poised to make a big leap in year two.
It’s safe to say this his secondary now, and there will be much responsibility hoisted on the shoulders of the second year cornerback out of Alabama. The Cowboys have brought back Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown to man the cornerback position along side Diggs, as well as taking three defensive backs in this years draft, however there isn’t much debate over who is the most talented of the bunch in this cornerback room. Diggs will look to build off his three interceptions, 14 passes defensed, and one forced fumble as he looks to take it to the next level and firmly grasp his role as the CB1 for a young, unproven position group. It goes without saying that this defense will be a huge deciding factor for this team’s success, and with many question marks regarding the cornerbacks on this team, all eyes will be on Trevon Diggs.
3. Tyler Biadasz
In year two it looks like there is nothing but opportunity for Tyler Biadasz as the center position is his for the taking. Biadsaz saw limited action last year do to the presence of Joe Looney and injuries that hampered his playing time, but he will look to make an early impact on this Cowboys offensive line in 2021.
Biadasz often draws parallels to former Cowboys great Travis Frederick. That’s mainly due to the fact they are both centers from the University of Wisconsin, but the Cowboys don’t necessarily need Biadasz to go out there and try to be like Frederick, he just needs to go out there and find a way to be better than Looney. Looney was a fan favorite and a valuable member of the offensive line, mainly for his ability to play multiple spots and to step in at a serviceable level. However what the Cowboys need from Biadasz is to find a way to come in and solidify the center position while elevating his game after a full offseason, a year of growth, and continued continuity on the line. The Cowboys hope he can come in and be a key cog at the important center position going forward, and his development will be an important piece to monitor as this Cowboys offense looks to be a high-powered unit in 2021.
The Cowboys will be looking for the best out of every player this year and will take a true full team effort to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at seasons end, but it is safe to say that if these three Cowboys don’t produce Dallas will have a hard time reaching the promise land this upcoming season.