Dallas Cowboys: Players Who Could Take Next Step in 2014

By Jeff Smith
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The Dallas Cowboys have a ton of talent, but there are a few players who don’t get nearly enough attention, nor do they get enough field time in the opinion of many. This year though, these players have the chance to take their game to the next level, and could end up seeing the field far more than they have in previous seasons. Today we’ll look at three players who may play big roles for the Cowboys, or at least bigger roles than what we are used to seeing from them.

One player has to be Cole Beasley. Beasley has a ton of talent, and while he’s the definition of a slot receiver in terms of his size, he’s attempting to prove this offseason that he can be a complete wide receiver and play on the outside as well. He’s always been a reliable option for the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo, but I believe 2014 may be his year to take the next step.

DeVonte Holloman is another player who is poised to play a big role. It looks like that middle linebacker position is still completely up in the air after Sean Lee’s injury, but Holloman could very well take it. Even if he doesn’t get the job, he’ll get plenty of field time, and he seemed to get better as the year went on in 2013. I think Holloman may be a key to the Cowboys’ defense this coming season.

Last but absolutely not least is possibly the most criticized player on the Cowboys’ defense in Morris Claiborne. Claiborne has stated that he’s “ready,” and that he wants to get out on the field and get things going. He’s been widely considered as injury-prone and called a bust by many to this point in his career, but 2014 is his time to turn it around. Jason Garrett said he seems stronger and more confident, which will be huge for the Cowboys’ secondary.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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