By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on June 4, 2014
The start of the OTAs means the 2014 NFL season is just around the corner. In fact, the regular season will start in about three months. The OTAs are the first glimpse of what fans are to expect for their team in the new season. The Dallas Cowboys need to make the right decisions for next season. Here are five things the Cowboys must accomplish before the end of OTAs.
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The Cowboys had a third-round grade on Devin Street, so that shows just how much they liked him in the pre-draft process. Street didn't blow up in his senior season because of a nagging ankle injury, but he is one of the best receivers in the history of Pittsburgh football. That's amazing considering Larry Fitzgerald went there. Street is a great route-runner, and he is a versatile player who could line up inside or outside in 2014.
Kyle Orton wants to retire, but the Cowboys don't want him to. Orton is one of the best backups in the league, but he costs too much money at $ 3 million. The Cowboys would benefit more by releasing him and keeping that money. In my opinion, the Cowboys should go with Brandon Weeden and Dustin Vaughan to be the backups.
A deal between the Cowboys and Dez Bryant is going to get done, but the only question is how long it will take. It would be wiser to re-sign Bryant sooner rather than later because it will be one less thing to worry about when training camp and the regular season rolls around.
Sean Lee's injury was a devastating one for the Cowboys. Lee is known around the league as one of the best linebackers in the game, and the Cowboys will miss his presence. Fortunately enough, the Cowboys have good backups behind him. According to Calvin Watkins, Justin Durant has been taking snaps at the MIKE linebacker position. But in my opinion, youngsters DeVonte Holloman and Anthony Hitchens would be better options.
Injuries have ravaged this team for three years in a row now, and that can't continue if the Cowboys want to make the playoffs going forward. Tony Romo has back problems. DeMarco Murray has an array of injuries, and Dez Bryant has back problems as well. The top goal for the Cowboys during OTAs is to stay healthy.
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