Updated: Jul 8, 2019
After eight long seasons, Green Bay will say farewell to long time Packers WR Randall Cobb. Cobb decided to sign a 1-year $5 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys this spring. Does the addition of Cobb make Dallas a Playoff contender in 2019?
The Philadelphia Eagles were Super Bowl LII champions in 2018 but The NFC East division has been in a circus these last few seasons. While the Washington Redskins seemed like the team to beat last year, a late season injury to QB Alex Smith allowed the Cowboys and Eagles to creep into the NFL Playoffs. There-after, Los Angeles Rams ran all over the Cowboys rush defense in the NFC Divisional Round. While the simple-minded may believe that changes on defense are wil suffice their shortcomings, I am looking elsewhere.
When evaluating the Cowboys' inability to sustain offensive drives and convert on 3rd and long, I’m not completely sold on Dak Prescott being a franchise QB. Prescott has been decent behind the beefy Cowboys O-Line, and the dynamic rushing abilities of Ezekiel Elliot but this year the pressure and spotlight may consume him. Bringing in Cobb was ideal for the short and deep passing attack, but the skill set of Prescott must improve if Dallas wants to push for a Super Bowl appearance next February.
Cobb missed 8 games last year and has dealt with numerous of injuries over the last few seasons. Critics may believe his durability is in question, but FS1 sports analyst Cris Carter deflects such criticism, arguing that Dallas may be a better fit for Cobb and his health. With WR Amari Cooper on the outside, and a proven rushing attack (something Green Bay lacked during Cobb's tenure), I believe Cobb's usage will decrease for the Cowboys allowing him more time to recalibrate on the sideline. Despite being ranked 8th in completion percentage, ESPN Stats convey that the Cowboys were ranked 22nd in passing TD's. Many justify this stat by pointing to the retirement of Jason Witten and the lack of talent for Prescott to utilize on the outside. If that justification is valid, the addition of Cobb gives Prescott new weaponry to sow up the smiles of Cowboys fans worldwide next season.