The Dallas Cowboys' 5 Biggest Breakout Candidates of 2014
After finishing 8-8 for the third time in as many seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to go young in 2014. The team parted ways with some marquee players and decided against spending big money on aging veterans, creating opportunities for some of the young guys on the roster. So, let’s take a look at the five players, whom I consider the Cowboys biggest breakout candidates.
Miles Austin’s release opens the door for Terrance Williams as the Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver behind Dez Bryant. After a solid 2013 rookie season in which Williams totaled 44 catches for 736 yards and five touchdowns, I fully expect him to improve on those numbers in 2014.
Along with opening the door for Terrance Williams, Miles Austin’s release also opens the door for Cole Beasley to make his presence felt. In 2013, Beasley accounted for 39 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns and was among the league leaders in PFF’s Drop Rate, which measures the best hands in the league after dropping only one catchable pass.
DeMarcus Ware’s release means that George Selvie will be a full-time starter at defensive end. After putting together an okay season in 2013, I look for Selvie to continue improving in 2014.
As of right now, I have Crawford penciled in as the team’s strong side defensive end and because of his possible increase in playing time; he could be one of the Cowboys’ breakout players in 2014.
In 2013, Travis Frederick showed flashes of the player he might develop into, and let me tell you, it’s exciting. He was dominant in the run game earning a PFF-best 17.9 grade in run blocking, however, he struggled in pass protection at times, which was evident by his -6.4 grade. In 2014, I look for Frederick to continue progressing and for that reason he is a candidate to have a breakout season.