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ix-game suspension last year when the Dallas Cowboys slid from an NFC-best 13 wins to out of the playoffs.Now the star quarterback faces the unknown of a revamped and largely unproven group of receivers after the departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.Elliott Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt , Prescott's fellow rookie standout from two years ago, is the supposed sure thing for a team looking up in the NFC East at defending Super Bowl champ Philadelphia.Cole Beasley is the leader of the pass-catchers simply by having the longest Dallas tenure. The Cowboys have high hopes for newcomer Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup, the first receiver drafted by the club (third round) after dumping franchise touchdown catch leader Bryant in a cost-cutting move."They're very hungry guys," Prescott said. "They're guys that you may not necessarily know their names, but that's what they want. They want to get out there and make those plays, let people know that they can play and they can play at a high level."Elliott ended up serving the suspension over domestic violence allegations halfway through last season, triggering a three-game losing streak that was too much to overcome in the tight NFC playoff race.Throw in the retirement of Tony Romo last year spurred by the sudden emergence of Prescott, and the team's three most important offensive players for a decade have been replaced by Elliott Dallas Cowboys Hats , the 2016 rushing champion, and his backfield mate, that year's NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year."It just shows how fast time goes and how quick things can change, but I think we're both ready to embrace this leadership role," said Elliott, who still led the NFL in yards rushing per game last season. "We're excited for this year to come."Some story lines with the Cowboys seeking a third straight winning season for the first time since the last of five straight in 2009:DEFENSE FIRST?The Cowboys have been offense-first just about every year since coach Jason Garrett joined the staff as offensive coordinator in 2007. If the preseason is any indication, Dallas might feed off its defense for once.DeMarcus Lawrence, who tied for second in the NFL with 14陆 sacks last season Dallas Cowboys Womens Hoodie , leads a pass rush that's gaining momentum. Linebacker Sean Lee is ready to be a face for the franchise with Witten gone. Starting cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie head a batch of young potential playmakers in the secondary."I don't like to get ahead of ourselves — we have to put the stats down and the wins and the turnovers," Lee said."Until we do that, we can't say anything. When it comes to the right group of guys, guys who love to work and are talented, it's as good a group as I've worked with."UNCERTAINTY AT CENTERFour-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick is out indefinitely after getting diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome , a disorder that attacks the nervous system. His absence raises a big question with the other part of the Elliott formula: a vaunted offensive line.Right guard Zack Martin injured a knee in the preseason, but expects to be ready for the opener Sept. 9 at Carolina.Left tackle Tyron Smith has battled back issues the past few seasons. Joe Looney is set to step in for Frederick, and the Cowboys have a rookie at left guard in second-round pick Connor Williams.LEE'S CO-STARSWhile Lee anchors the linebackers Womens Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys , Jaylon Smith has the Cowboys encouraged about his continuing recovery from a devastating knee injury in his final college game. He missed his rookie year while rehabbing and struggled with consistency last season.Smith is playing without a brace this year and believes he has regained the form that made him a potential top-10 pick coming out of Notre Dame. First-round pick Leighton Vander Esch missed the latter part of training camp with a groin injury, but is expected to contribute as a rookie.THICK AND THINDepth will be a strength with pass rushing if Randy Gregory and David Irving can overcome substance-abuse suspensions and contribute a few sacks apiece. Gregory was suspended all of last season, but has looked promising at camp. Irving is opening the season with a four-game suspension for the second year in a row.The Cowboys are dangerously thin at safety. Jeff Heath is the only healthy player with significant experience. Xavier Woods (hamstring) and Kavon Frazier (shoulder) were injured in consecutive weeks in the preseason. Woods might miss the opener, while Frazier says he will play. Thompson Cut, 2 WRs Added To Active Roster - David Helman, DallasCowboys.comRoster moves, roster moves, get ya’ roster moves.Cowboys shuffling receivers again; pair set for 2018 debuts - Associated Press StaffThe Cowboys are shuffling their receivers again as their passing attack continues to struggle.Will a blowout on Sunday night get Jason Garrett fired? – Mike Florio , ProFootballTalkWhat happens if the Cowboys suffer another blowout in Philly, like the 37-9 last year other blowouts at the hand of the division rival?Jerry Jones might want to consider calling up an old friend - Matt Mosley, SportsDayCould a familiar face find his way back in Dallas if things don’t turn around in offensively? Matt Mosley thinks it could be an options Jerry Jones is looking into.What’s wrong with the Cowboys? We searched for a diagnosis – Calvin Watkins, The AthleticWatkins goes hunting for answers and talked to some folks. An excerpt:Jerry Jones talks Troy Aikman's critical comments - SportsDay StaffJones isn't overreacting to Aikman's comments.Dez Bryant’s Season Ends After Two Practices - Jean-Jacques Taylor, NBC DFWFormer Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has suffered a season ending injury just one day after officially signing with the New Orleans Saints. Could this be the end of Dez Bryant’s career?Which Eagles’ cornerback will cover Cowboys’ Cole Beasley in the slot? - Les Bowen, Philly.comLet’s take a look behind enemy lines to see which Eagles cornerback will draw the job of covering Cole Beasley out of the slot.Gut Feeling: Predictions For Cowboys-Eagles - DallasCowboys.comWho takes home the victory on Sunday night? The mothership crew gives their predictions, and you might be shocked who Bryan Broaddus picks to win.
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