2015 Depth Charts: Dallas Cowboys

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2015 Depth Charts: Dallas Cowboys


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Notes

•  After struggling in his first season at left tackle, Tyron Smith has delivered two very strong seasons on the left side of the Dallas line, vaulting into the top tier of offensive tackles in the league.

•  If the Cowboys aren’t able to bring back running back DeMarco Murray, it leaves three players at the position who we simply haven’t seen enough to judge. Regardless, until proven otherwise, it’s tough to have faith that any of the three could carry the load like Murray did.

•  Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the league when he plays. The problem is that he has missed so much time through injury in the past few seasons that it’s tough to expect the Cowboys to get a full season out of him. If they can it would be big though, with his talent undeniable.

•  With two very impressive seasons on the bounce, we couldn’t keep cornerback Orlando Scandrick any lower than Very Good. The best player in the Dallas secondary, he’s really stepped up in recent years.

Team Needs

Wide Receiver: While Murray would be a big loss, and create a major need at running back, the top priority for the Cowboys should be keeping Dez Bryant around. An Elite talent at wide receiver, his departure would leave Dallas with only Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley as receivers on the roster with any significant playing time.

Right Tackle: The left side is fine for some time to come, but the right side is a massive question mark for the Cowboys right now, especially if Doug Free departs in free agency. Despite no longer being at the level he was a couple of seasons ago, Free is at least a known commodity, with nobosy else at the position with any playing time of note.

Defensive Line: A unit which has plenty of question marks, the Cowboys adding some new faces to their defensive line could be a major boost, even is DeMarcus Lawrence can develop in his second season. In the very least, depth is needed here.

 

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  • twnick2014

    FINALLY, Romo is labeled as “very good.” He should’ve been labeled “very good” since the 2011 season.

    • Jaguars28

      He has a dream team around him.

      • steve

        So did Joe Montana.

        • Jaguars28

          LMAO, comparing Tony Romo to Joe Montana?

          Just… no

          • Tyler Ferree

            Considering the cowboys were a 3-5 win team without Romo from 2011-2013 and Romo propped them up to .500 he should have been very good going back that far.

          • Jaguars28

            Yeah, because a 50-year-old Jon Kitna took over. Of course they were gonna do bad.

          • Tyler Ferree

            I’m look at it from the perspective of remove Romo and replace him with a league average starter.

          • Jaguars28

            Replace Tony Romo with a league average starter and you’ve got Tony Romo.

          • Tyler Ferree

            No, you have Nick Foles, Eli Manning (at best, he’s shown plenty of signs of decline the last 2 years) and the average of Andy Dalton’s play.

          • wyzel

            Romo is not average, if you take base NFL stats the only stat he is average in is yards, the league average is 3788 yds, 25 TD 14 int, 88.7 QBR, now these are based on team stats, which even with the random trick play should be ok to use. Now here is romo’s stats 3705, 34, 9 113.2. 3:1 TD to INT, I’ll take that any day. I get the romo hate, even if it is based on feelings vs fact. Romo was 6th in PFF grade this year, previous years the lowest he was 13, but otherwise 10 or above. Therefore at least good, but after last year with actual talent around him, very good is where he should be.

          • Tom Downes

            stop it, Jaguar’s28 is just trolling here because it’s a lonely place on any Jax website.

          • Jaguars28

            Not really. There are several wonderful Jacksonville fans on sites that I frequently visit.

            Plus, we don’t have bandwagon fans, which is awesome. 😉

          • Tom Downes

            At least you don’t have the problem we have here in New England; fans only show up and complain because Coach is not loading up for “The Brady Window.”

          • Wutx

            Ignorant comment.

          • Jaguars28

            Yet you fail to explain why.

          • Wutx

            Average players don’t get invited to multiple Pro Bowls

          • Jaguars28

            LMAO, yes they do. Michael Vick is a 4x Pro Bowler, yet he’s been average his whole career.

          • Riffle,Rod&Fly

            Fans invite players to Pro Bowls and the Cowboys have heaps of delusional fans.

          • Tyler Ferree

            No you have Nick Foles and the median of andy Dalton’s play.

          • Riffle,Rod&Fly

            For a while, Kitna looked as good as Romo did that season.

          • wyzel

            Compare the roster of the 49ers for Montana’s career vs roster romo has and its not the ridiculous as it sounds. Take away, rice ,taylor, craig, that defense and replace it with a terrible defense and no run game, and what would have montana done? Saying Romo is good as Montana is dumb, but comparing the rosters they played with is not.

          • steve

            The only thing I was comparing was the quality of the players around them.

    • SeattleSteve

      “very good” does better than making 8-8 routine.

      You see Rodgers, Peyton, Favre, and Brady taking awful teams to the playoffs, Romo has had decent teams and they’ve missed the playoffs cause of him.

      • Wutx

        To be fair Rodgers and Brady are two of the best QBs of all time.

        Romo deserves to be labeled “very good.” His 2014 season should qualify him for elite status. The only reason the Cowboys were in contention of qualifying for the playoffs those 8-8 years were because of Romo, not in spite.

        • Jaguars28

          He should’ve been elite with the team around him.

          • Wutx

            His 2014 season should have warranted an elite grade from PFF

          • twnick2014

            Same goes for the 2011 season.

      • Irata

        Ahhh… the old myth that Rodgers, Peyton, Favre, Brady, (insert QB name here) played with entire teams of scrubs who wouldn’t make the roster of any other team and they got to the playoffs so Romo must suck as he had HOF players at every single position year in and year out.

        Rodgers has had quality offense around him his entire career, Peyton too. Both of them have done it with around average to above average D in ppg many years.

        Favre had very good teams, when he didn’t they missed the playoffs.

        Brady was backed up by a VERY good defense early, then an potent offense later, to now a very balanced team.

      • twnick2014

        They didn’t miss the 2011 playoffs because of Romo, and they definitely didn’t miss the 2013 playoffs because of Romo.

        And wins aren’t a QB stat. With that logic, you’re essentially saying that Matt Ryan isn’t that good (at least for the past two seasons).

  • Ben Fitzgerald

    Beasley and T Williams average? I’m surprised

  • Jason Williams

    Funny but I think Tony Romo and Jay Cutler are essentially the same QB.

    • Tim

      Hell no! are you joking

    • Tim Edell

      Have you been drinking Jason?

      • wyzel

        Romo throws a bad pick here or there, but for the last few years he is only reason they were able to win 8 games. Cutler throws a bad pick or a fumbles at least once a game. Barely any team(even chicago wants cutler), but you could find many teams that would take Romo.

        • Tim Edell

          I am a Bears fan and I was disagreeing with Jason “bandwagon” Williams

    • Tom Downes

      I’m not a ‘boys fan, but that statement makes absolutely no sense. The only thing people remember about Romo is the fumbled XP try.

    • John

      Still recovering after the packers ass whooping huh bum.

      • Jason Williams

        Name calling. How mature.

        • John

          Well the Bears are used to getting own by the Packers just accept it

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      I agree. They both hold out for the long ball and their teams pay for it. One has a much better O’Line than the other. Their success hinges on how stubborn they will be in adjusting to a heavier run game. Romo finally decided to listen to coach this past year. I’m not sure if Cutler had that guy in Trestman. He did in Lovie.

  • Jaguars28

    Still need to improve the D, but that’s a great offense, even without Murray and Bryant.

    • Tim Edell

      That is definitley not a great offense without Murray or Bryant- without Bryant you have no threats whatsoever in the passing game outside of Whitten in the middle of the filed.

      • Jaguars28

        Uh huh, taking the two best players off any offense, they’re gonna suck. Good logic.

        Oh, and that offense is still loaded without them (and Doug Free as well).

        • Tim Edell

          Your the one who said without those 2 there still a great offense- moron

          • Jaguars28

            Yeah, I made a mistake. Jesus, cleanse me of my sins

    • Chris

      I disagree. They have nothing without Dez and Murray. A bunch of average, below average, and unknown prospects. That is not a recipe for success with Romo.

      • Tom Downes

        Amen, can’t throw or hand off to an OLineman.

      • DrAWNiloc

        I half agree. Losing Dez would be devastating, there being no receivers (Jason Witten? Good, yes, but “elite”?). With that offensive line, though, they could let Murray go, draft Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley and a Guard. With any luck, they wouldn’t miss a step.

        (True, that puts them a tempo behind in drafting for defense but…that’s life!)

        • Chris

          That’s why I said Dez AND Murray lma0

      • Wutx

        Without Bryant they are a different offense. They can get by without Murray with that offensive line.

        Witten is still one of the best tight ends in football and Beasley is a nightmare in the slot. You’re entitled to your opinion but you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Riffle,Rod&Fly

        Romo seems to have always played favorites. Dwayne Harris is probably underrated but we haven’t seen a lot of him in the passing game. He is a decent return guy who will hopefully end up somewhere with a WR need next year.

        I’ve heard more than one commentator call Witten a future HOF’er. While I don’t see him as a shoo-in for the HOF, we know he isn’t average. I agree that Romo needs guys around him but this team does not seem to be hurting for weapons imo.

  • Tyler Ferree

    I suspect Right Tackle will be filled by Zach Martin next year and good guards are about as cheap as good Running Backs, I wouldn’t be too worried about the line.

    • Jaguars28

      Eh, this draft is loaded with good tackles. Zack Martin looked great at guard, but he’s an unknown at tackle.

      • Tyler Ferree

        This is more about freeing up free agent dollars and higher draft picks to keep bryant keep/replace Murray as well as some combination of Durant, Carter, and (as scary as this is to say) McClain, as well as improve the secondary and pass rush.

      • Tom Downes

        Wasn’t Martin a 3/4 year starter at OT at Notre Dame?

        • Jaguars28

          College ball |=| NFL

          • Tom Downes

            tell that to Tyron Smith, Joe Staley, Joe Thomas and Solder. come on man, you couldn’t find a not equals sign on your keyboard, LOL?

      • Tim Edell

        They will keep Martin at Guard and most likely resign Purnell to play RT

  • Izach

    Actually somewhat surprised to see Sean lee still so high, guys almsot become the bob sanders of linebackers never played whole. Season has only played 46 of a possible 80 games I think. only 1 year where he even played close to 75% of the season. I understand he was good that year so high still. Rolando McClain seemed to do better off the streets than Lee did.