Predicting the Cowboys' Week 1 starting offense
MAY 21, 2014 12:42a ET
There's a long way to go before Jason Garrett finalizes his starting lineup, however, it's never too early to make a prediction. The Dallas Cowboys' offensive starters in Week 1 should be similar to the group that started most of the way last season, but there could be a couple changes. Here is a way-too-early projection.
Tony Romo, QB. As long as his back holds up, Romo will be under center, leading this offense. Romo has started all but one game over the last three seasons.
DeMarco Murray, RB. When he's healthy, Murray is one of the better running backs in the league. He missed two games last year but still made his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
Dez Bryant, WR. Bryant has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the game. It will be interesting to see how he's used in Scott Linehan's offense.
Jason Witten, TE. He's as reliable as they come. The nine-time Pro Bowler is entering his 12th season and says he hasn't thought about retirement.
Tyron Smith, LT. Smith is coming of what was probably his first of many Pro Bowl appearances. It's very possible that he will become the best left tackle in the game.
Ron Leary, LG. Mackenzy Bernadeau could have something to say about this, but I'm leaning toward Leary because he started every game at left guard last year.
Travis Frederick, C. He played more offensive snaps than any other Cowboy during his rookie year. I expect him to be even more consistent in Year 2.
Zack Martin, RG. The Cowboys wouldn't have spent the 16th overall pick on Martin if they didn't think he would start from Day One. This offensive line has the potential to be one of the top units in the league.
Doug Free, RT. Free had a bounce back season in 2013 after taking a pay cut. Having a talented player like Martin next to him should help Free continue to be consistent on the outside.
Gavin Escobar, TE. This was the toughest pick. The Cowboys could go with a third receiver or a blocking back in this spot. Dallas spent a second-round pick on Escobar last year, so they'll give him every opportunity to have a bigger role in 2014.
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