5 Dallas Cowboys With The Most To Prove In 2014

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players With The Most To Prove In 2014

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The Dallas Cowboys have missed the playoffs for four straight seasons and have finished each of the last three seasons with an 8-8 record. It feels like every year the Cowboys go through a late-season collapse that sees them choke away the NFC East division title. If Dallas wants that to change, they need better play from their players. Here are five players with the most to prove in 2014.

5. MLB Sean Lee

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5. MLB Sean Lee

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Sean Lee is one of the best middle linebackers in the game. With DeMarcus Ware gone, Lee is the clear leader of the Cowboys' defense. However, Lee has issues staying healthy. As a result, Lee has missed 18 games in four years with the Cowboys. Considering Dallas had the worst defense in the NFL last season, the 'Boys need their defensive leader to remain healthy.

4. WR Terrance Williams

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4. WR Terrance Williams

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With Miles Austin now out of the picture, Terrance Williams will take over the receiving position opposite of Dez Bryant. Considering Bryant receives so much attention from opposing defenses, Williams will have every opportunity to capitalize. He had 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season in 2013.

3. CB Brandon Carr

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3. CB Brandon Carr

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The Cowboys are a mess everywhere on defense. Their secondary is absolutely atrocious and Brandon Carr is a big reason for that. Carr was signed to a five-year, $ 50.1 million deal in 2012 and he turned in a terrible 2013 campaign. Carr allowed 966 yards receiving all by himself last season. Carr has to be a lot better if the Cowboys' defense is to improve.

2. DE DeMarcus Lawrence

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2. DE DeMarcus Lawrence

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DeMarcus Lawrence was drafted with the 34th overall pick by the Cowboys with the intention that he'll replace DeMarcus Ware at right defensive end. That's a lot of pressure for a rookie player. Ware amassed 117 sacks in nine seasons with the franchise. The 'Boys need Lawrence to supply pressure considering the team's lack of quality pass rushers,

1. QB Tony Romo

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1. QB Tony Romo

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You could put Tony Romo at No. 1 on this list every season. Romo has been the Cowboys' starting quarterback over the past eight seasons, and has just one playoff victory to show for it. Despite being a statistically-accomplished quarterback, Romo has a reputation for not being clutch. All of that needs to change in 2014 if Romo is to be left off of this list.


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