Breakout Player Watch: The Dallas Cowboys

Breakout Player Watch: The Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys Breakout Offensive player for 2022

Tony Pollard (RB)

Heading into his fourth season on the roster, Tony Pollard has shown the speed and toughness needed to be a featured back in the NFL. But while that job still belongs Zeke Elliott, the 2019 fourth-round pick should have an expanded role in the offense – catching the football. Pollard has 82 catches in his career, almost half of those (39) coming in 2021, for nearly an 8-yard average per snag. 

Cowboys Breakout Defensive Player for 2022

DeMarcus Lawrence (DE)

Strange to have a two-time pro bowler and former all-pro selection listed as a breakout player for any season, but after 2021 that is exactly where DeMarcus Lawrence finds himself. The 9-year pro played well below his standards in the eight games he played last season – 25 tackles and just three sacks. If he plays close to the standards he’s set for himself since being drafted in 2014, then Lawrence should once again be one of the best at his position in 2022.

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Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb | Quarterback to Wide Receiver

After the trade of Amari Cooper and the loss of Cedric Wilson to free agency, coupled with the slow recovery this offseason of Michael Gallup, the Cowboys wide receiver room is suddenly thin. That means that Dak Prescott will have to find the only true threat the team has at on the outside to start the season. Expect Prescott-to-Lamb to be one of the top combinations in the NFL in 2022 or it just may be a long season for Cowboys fans.

Micah Parsons | Linebacker

How do you follow up on one of the top seasons from a defensive rookie in team history? You ask more from you do-it-all linebacker in his sophomore campaign. Expect to see even more Micah Parsons flying around the field than you did last season. Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn will have Parsons lining up from all over the field, giving the Rookie of the Year a chance to build on the 93 tackles and 13 sacks he had in 2021.

Trevon Diggs | Cornerback

The second-year corner led the league in arguably the one stat the fires up the crowd more than any other – interceptions. Trevon Diggs turned the tides 11 times last year, including an incredible 7 picks in six-straight games to start 2021. He took back two those early season INTs for touchdowns to help the Cowboys beat Philadelphia at home and New England on the road in overtime. All that in just his second NFL season. His third should only be better.

Zack Martin | Offensive Guard

As Zack Martin goes, so goes the Cowboys running game. The five-time first team All-Pro guard will be asked to stabilize an offensive line that continues to struggle. With the recent loss of Tyron Smith, Martin will be asked to lead a group that has very little starting experience. Despite that, you can be assured that Martin will be front and center blasting holes open for the Zeke Elliott, Tony Pollard and the NFL’s 9th best running game in 2021, where they averaged 124.6 yards per game last season.

KaVontae Turpin | Wide Receiver/Returner

This guy might be the most exciting return man in the NFL since Devin Hester, and in Dallas since Deion Sanders. Turpin, an undrafted rookie out of TCU, got his opportunity with the Cowboys after being named the 2022 MVP of the United States Football League. He followed that up with a kickoff return and punt return for a touchdown in the Cowboys second preseason game, which all but cemented his place on the roster. Turpin in space will be a game-changer for the Cowboys in 2022.

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