The 2019 Dallas Cowboys are not much different than last year’s team, and that is by design, but there are several new additions, including formerly retired future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, that will hopefully make up for the few key players they lost this offseason.
The Cowboys had no first-round draft pick this year because they used it to grab their best receiver last season, Amari Cooper, but with him, Witten, and free agent Randall Cobb now aboard, quarterback Dak Prescott cannot claim he has a shortage of legitimate targets to throw at.
Owner and general manager and hands-on micro-manager Jerry Jones has put together another strong Cowboys roster, and we take a closer look at some of the offseason moves he made, as well as the odds and predictions of their 2019 season.
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The 2019 Dallas Cowboys are:
- Owner: Jerry Jones
- General Manager: Jerry Jones
- Head Coach: Jason Garrett (Promoted November 2010)
- Offensive Coordinator: Kellen Moore (Promoted January 2019)
- Defensive Coordinator: Rod Marinelli (Promoted January 2014)
- Quarterback: Dak Prescott (4th NFL season, all with Cowboys)
- Offensive Stars: Running back Ezekiel Elliott and Wide Receiver Amari Cooper
- Defensive Stars: Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and End Demarcus Lawrence
How did the Cowboys do in 2018?
Despite not having tight end Jason Witten in the lineup for the first time since 2002, the 2018 Dallas Cowboys ended up winning the NFC East with a 10-6 record, going to the playoffs after sitting out the prior postseason.
The Cowboys started out 2018 playing poorly, posting a 3-5 record during that time, but they turned up the gas during the second half of the season going 7-1, gaining noticeable help from their mid-season trade, wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Quarterback Dak Prescott passed for a career-high number of yards (3,885) while running back Ezekiel Elliott continued his on-field dominance by putting up 2,001 total yards from scrimmage with 9 touchdowns.
Biggest strategy shift Cowboys will make for 2019?
The Cowboys lost slot receiver Cole Beasley to free agency for the upcoming season, but they did gain two more targets for Prescott – receiver Randall Cobb (formerly of the Green Bay Packers) and tight end Jason Witten, formerly retired and working in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth.
Without a first-round draft pick this year (they used it to get Amari Cooper), owner and general manager Jerry Jones had to figure out how to make the most out the second tier talent available, and some football experts argue that he did not do as well as he could have, or at least not as well as division rivals Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
Regardless, Jones did his best to add depth to a roster that doesn’t seem to have any glaring weaknesses, and if you count Cooper as their first round pick then you could argue the overall draft was a win for Dallas.
What major players have the Cowboys lost so far this offseason?
Wide receiver Cole Beasley, who signed a four-year deal with the Buffalo Bills worth $29 million, with $14.4 million of that guaranteed.
Tight end Geoff Swaim, who agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, with $1.25 million of that guaranteed.
Linebacker Damien Wilson, who signed a two-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $5.75 million, with $2.47 million of that guaranteed.
What have been the Cowboys’ key free agent pick-ups this offseason?
Tight end Jason Witten, who came out of retirement and signed a one-year deal worth $4.25 million, all of that being guaranteed.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal, all of it guaranteed.
Safety George Iloka, who agreed to a one-year, $1.02 million contract with $300,000 of that guaranteed.
Will Jason Witten really be able to help the Cowboys?
In the old days of the NFL, if a player were to sit out an entire season, there was little or no chance that they could jump back onto the field and play at the same level as they used to.
With the training equipment and technology available to today’s players, it is much more possible for an athlete, especially one who played at as high a level as Whitten did, to return to the game and contribute.
Plenty of doubters are shaking their head at Witten’s return, but the man who posted 1,152 catches for 12,448 yards and 68 touchdowns in his 16 NFL seasons believes he still has what it takes to be a winner.
Witten told the media, "I wouldn't make a decision like that if I didn't feel like I could go in there and help them, and certainly that's something I thought through a lot before I made that decision.
What were Dallas’s biggest needs?
Offense: Wide receiver, tight end
Defense: Linebacker, safety, tackle
What draft picks did the Cowboys have in 2019?
The Cowboys had 8 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they were:
- Round 2: Trysten Hill, defensive tackle, UCF (58th pick overall)
- Round 3: Connor McGovern, guard, Penn State (90th)
- Round 4: Tony Pollard, running back, Memphis (128th)
- Round 5: Michael Jackson, cornerback, Miami (158th)
- Round 5: Joe Jackson, defensive end, Miami (165th)
- Round 6: Donovan Wilson, safety, Texas A&M (213th)
- Round 7: Mike Weber, running back, Ohio State (218th)
- Round 7: Jalen Jelks, defensive end, Oregon (241st)
How have the Cowboys done in the last ten postseasons?
Over the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been to the playoffs four times, in 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2009, and in all four of those instances they have lost in the Divisional Playoffs.
The Cowboys have five total Super Bowl wins out of eight appearances in the history of the Franchise, their latest victory coming in 1995 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX when they won by a score of 27-17.
In 2018, the Cowboys were beaten in the Divisional Round by the eventual Super Bowl runner-ups the Los Angeles Rams, 22-30.
How are the Cowboys predicted to do during the 2019-20 season?
The 2019 Dallas Cowboys are predicted by the oddsmakers to come in second place in the NFC East to the Philadelphia Eagles, but regardless they are expected to make the playoffs once again as at least a Wild Card team.
Even if the Cowboys do make it to the postseason, there are six other NFC teams that have better odds than them of winning the Conference Championship game.
When it comes to winning another Lombardi trophy, Dallas is behind eleven other franchises that have better odds, but with the Prescott-Cooper connection returning, future Hall-of-Famer Jason Witten back on the roster and running back (and suspension free) Ezekiel Elliott looking at playing in all sixteen games again, the Cowboys have a decent chance to surprise the football world.
What are the current postseason odds and predictions for the 2019 Dallas Cowboys?
Can the Dallas Cowboys repeat as NFC East winners in 2019, or will they have to sneak into the postseason through the Wild Card door?
Does Jason Witten still have it or did a season sitting in the broadcast booth take its toll on his former high-level abilities?
Can Randall Cobb return to old form and tally 100+ receptions?
Will Amari Cooper continue to provide the offensive boost he did in the final half of last season?
These 2019 Dallas Cowboys look a lot like the 2018 model, so it will be up to them to find enough offense to get past the high scoring Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, if they can earn their way to the postseason again, that is.
Here are the current odds listed for the Cowboys’ postseason in 2019-20:
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