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Coming off his nasty ankle fracture of 2020, QB Dak Prescott managed to play all but 1 game last season. He sat out Week 8 with a calf strain, which may have affected his play amid a down stretch that followed. Cooper Rush will once again back up Prescott, as the starter heads into his 7th season.
He’ll find change in his pass-catching corps. Gone after three-and-a-half seasons is WR Amari Cooper, traded to Cleveland in a salary-cutting move. Cooper averaged 7.5 targets per game across his 3 full seasons in Dallas.
The Cowboys re-signed WR Michael Gallup in free agency. He is coming off a Jan. 2 tear of his left ACL, however, and could be limited – or even on the PUP list – to open 2022. CeeDee Lamb returns for his 3rd season to lead the group. Dallas also signed former Steelers WR James Washington to a 1-year deal and drafted WR Jalen Tolbert out of South Alabama in Round 3. Tolbert delivered 1,085 and 1,474 receiving yards in his final 2 college campaigns and averaged 17.6 yards per catch across 4 seasons.
Dallas applied the franchise tag to TE Dalton Schultz after his breakthrough 2021. The team also released TE Blake Jarwin, leaving veteran blocker Sean McKeon and 4th-round rookie Jake Ferguson behind Schultz.
The backfield remains the same, with Ezekiel Elliott playing out what could be his final Dallas season. The veteran back remains signed through 2026, but the cap hits for releasing him decrease dramatically after 2022. Elliott has seen his rushing yards per game decrease every season, down to 58.9 last year. He revealed afterward, though, that he was playing through a partial PCL tear.
The O-line sheds RT La’el Collins, who signed with Cincinnati. Replacement Terence Steele comes with experience, though, having started 27 games over the past 2 years. Dallas also selected G Tyler Smith in the 1st round after letting Connor Williams walk in free agency.
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