Well, wide receiver Amari Cooper sure made a difference.
The Dallas Cowboys were two different teams in 2018, one before Cooper’s midseason arrival from the Raiders, and an entirely different team afterwards.
Cooper’s presence vastly upgraded the offense, giving quarterback Dak Prescott a bona fide threat and taking pressure off running back Ezekiel Elliott, which was needed. And Dallas’ defense made strides as well, particularly with EDGE Demarcus Lawrence picking up 10.5 sacks, and cornerback Byron Jones leading a young and promising secondary.
All that said, the Cowboys are going to be hard pressed re-signing Lawrence, arguably their biggest offseason priority. They’ll want to extend both Prescott and Elliott sooner than later, too, and the Cowboys’ salary cap situation might not permit all of the above.
And after yet another premature playoff departure, it appears as if head coach Jason Garrett is going to actually stay on the hot seat this upcoming year. 2019 will be a prove-it year for Garrett, making Dallas’ efforts between now and the end of the season very interesting.