Jared Goff through one NFL season has not looked the part of a first overall pick. The Rams quarterback looked hesitant, shaken and without confidence in 2016.
The perceived gamble of taking a running back with the fourth pick of the draft paid off substantially as Ezekiel Elliott led the league in rushing, while Prescott proved an unearthed gem with the ability to excel as a passer and a runner, displaying remarkable poise for someone of his limited experience.
With the best offensive line in the league, a dominant wide receiver in Dez Bryant and the ever-dependable Jason Witten at tight end, the Cowboys appear set to contend for years to come.
For the 3rd straight year and 4th time in the last five seasons, the Cowboys and Giants face off in the opener.
Dallas has a 10-22 record in the seasons following their previous two playoff appearances in 2009 and ’14, and the signs that another slump back down to earth could be on the horizon in 2017 are there.
The saga surrounding Elliott’s six-game suspension for accusations of domestic violence has hung a dark cloud over the team throughout preseason and the lack of his presence for more than a quarter of the season is a significant blow for a team that is already missing defenders Randy Gregory and David Irving due to bans.
Winston threw for 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, but he also tossed 18 interceptions. If Winston can sharpen his decision-making, thus eliminating turnovers, he could become one of the NFL’s elite signal callers.