Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart 2018 Cowboys Depth Chart

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The Cowboys ended up making a move for Amari Cooper during the middle of the season. Dallas lacked a true WR1 after the Dez Bryant days. Cooper stepped right into the WR1 role, which pushed Allen Hurns right out of the picture, who they signed in the offseason. Michael Gallup ended up being the WR2 in Dallas, and Cole Beasley played the slot receiver role as expected. With Dak Prescott locked in as their starting quarterback of the future, this core should be the one to move forward in 2019. You could say the only weak spot in the depth chart is at tight end, and they tried a trial and error approach with Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, and Rico Gathers. It is hard to see if all three will be back trying to battle it out for the top spot. Ezekiel Elliott has been a durable workhorse for Dallas, and is the RB1. Rod Smith is the backup, although with his usage and snaps, the backup role doesn’t mean as much in comparison to the other teams around the league. It would take an injury for Smith to have any relevance in this offense.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
Weakside Linebacker WLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Strongside Linebacker SLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

QBs
Player Rating
Dak Prescott D. Prescott
80
Cooper Rush C. Rush
65
Mike White M. White
66
Jameill Showers J. Showers
57
Dalton Sturm D. Sturm
65
Austin Appleby A. Appleby
64
Quarterbacks Stats Passing Rushing
Player Rating Depth Games Sacks Depth Games Sacks Attempts Completions Completion% Passing Yards Yds/Attempt INTs Attempts Yards YPG TD
Dak Prescott D. Prescott
80
QB 1 16 56 526 356 67.7 3884 7.4 8 75 305 19.1 6
Cooper Rush C. Rush
65
QB 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike White M. White
66
QB 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jameill Showers J. Showers
57
QB 4
Dalton Sturm D. Sturm
65
QB 5
Austin Appleby A. Appleby
64
QB 6
Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Ezekiel Elliott E. Elliott
90
RB 1 59.5 1 RB 1 59.5 1 95 77 567 7.4 38 3 304 1435 41 6 4.7 95.7
Rod Smith R. Smith
65
RB 2 9.4 0 RB 2 9.4 0 12 9 60 6.7 14 0 44 127 14 1 2.9 7.9
Jamize Olawale J. Olawale
74
FB 3 7.1 0 FB 3 7.1 0 4 2 13 6.5 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WRs
Player Rating
Amari Cooper A. Cooper
85
Allen Hurns A. Hurns
82
Michael Gallup M. Gallup
71
Terrance Williams T. Williams
80
Cole Beasley C. Beasley
80
Tavon Austin T. Austin
79
Noah Brown N. Brown
68
Devin Smith D. Smith
69
Marchie Murdock M. Murdock
69
Cedrick Wilson C. Wilson
66
Malik Earl M. Earl
67
Ricky Jeune R. Jeune
68
Quincy McDuffie Q. McDuffie
65
Mekale McKay M. McKay
64
KD Cannon K. Cannon
67
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Amari Cooper A. Cooper
85
RWR 1 55.9 107 75 1004 70 13.4 90 7 2 20 0 10 1.3
Allen Hurns A. Hurns
82
LWR 2 28.4 36 20 295 60 14.8 49 2 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Gallup M. Gallup
71
LWR 3 46.1 68 33 507 50 15.4 49 2 0 0 0 0 0
Terrance Williams T. Williams
80
RWR 4 13 3 2 18 70 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cole Beasley C. Beasley
80
SWR 5 44.6 86 65 672 80 10.3 32 3 0 0 0 0 0
Tavon Austin T. Austin
79
SWR 6 16.6 13 8 140 60 17.5 64 2 6 55 0 9.2 7.9
Noah Brown N. Brown
68
RWR 7 12.8 8 5 54 60 10.8 22 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Smith D. Smith
69
WR 8
Marchie Murdock M. Murdock
69
WR 8
Cedrick Wilson C. Wilson
66
WR 11
Malik Earl M. Earl
67
WR 11
Ricky Jeune R. Jeune
68
WR 13
Quincy McDuffie Q. McDuffie
65
WR 15
Mekale McKay M. McKay
64
WR 39
KD Cannon K. Cannon
67
WR 48
TEs
Player Rating
Dalton Schultz D. Schultz
68
Geoff Swaim G. Swaim
72
Blake Jarwin B. Jarwin
68
Rico Gathers R. Gathers
65
Tight Ends Stats Receiving
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD
Dalton Schultz D. Schultz
68
TE 1 27.2 17 12 116 70 9.7 17 0
Geoff Swaim G. Swaim
72
TE 2 57.1 32 26 242 80 9.3 43 1
Blake Jarwin B. Jarwin
68
TE 3 24.2 36 27 307 80 11.4 39 3
Rico Gathers R. Gathers
65
TE 4 9.7 7 3 45 40 15 32 0

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys
77
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Dallas Cowboys
77
20.2 329.2 234.7 94.6 39 11 9
Special Teams Rating
Dallas Cowboys Cowboys
93
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Dallas Cowboys
93
0 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive Line Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Demarcus Lawrence D. Lawrence
93
LDE 1 45.9 64 21 3 1 0
Antwaun Woods A. Woods
67
RDT 1 39 34 3.5 1 0 0
Taco Charlton T. Charlton
79
RDE 1 36.5 27 5 0 0 0
Tyrone Crawford T. Crawford
81
LDT 1 42.2 34 7 1 0 0
Datone Jones D. Jones
78
RDT 2 5 0 0 0 0 0
Randy Gregory R. Gregory
78
RDE 2 32.6 25 7.5 1 0 0
Dorance Armstrong Jr. D. A. Jr.
66
LDE 2 18.1 13 1.5 0 0 0
Maliek Collins M. Collins
78
LDT 2 38.1 19 6 0 0 0
Caraun Reid C. Reid
66
LDT 3 18.5 10 3 1 0 0
David Irving D. Irving
83
RDT 3 28 4 2 0 0 0
Richard Ash R. Ash
64
DL 11
Joby Saint Fleur J. S. Fleur
65
DL 12
Lewis Neal L. Neal
68
DL 13
Joe Vellano J. Vellano
68
DL 14
Austin Larkin A. Larkin
68
DL 15
Daniel Ross D. Ross
65
DL 16 19.2 14 4.5 1 0 0
Linebackers Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Leighton Vander Esch L. V. Esch
78
WLB 1 49 141 3 0 2 0
Jaylon Smith J. Smith
77
MLB 1 61 121 7.5 3 0 1
Damien Wilson D. Wilson
71
SLB 1 17.8 37 4 1 0 0
Sean Lee S. Lee
95
WLB 2 31.4 30 1.5 0 0 0
Justin March J. March
67
SLB 2 0.5 4 0 0 0 0
Joe Thomas J. Thomas
73
WLB 3 5.8 14 1 0 0 0
Chris Covington C. Covington
69
SLB 3 0.2 1 0 0 0 0
Ed Shockley E. Shockley
68
LB 8
Kickers Rating
Brett Maher B. Maher
67
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Brett Maher B. Maher
67
PK 1 119 29 80.6 62 32 0 10 6 7 6
Punters Rating
Chris Jones C. Jones
83
Punters Rating Depth Position
Chris Jones C. Jones
83
P 1

2018 Cowboys Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 at NYG 36-35 W Dak Prescott (QB), Rod Smith (RB), Cole Beasley (WR1), Amari Cooper (WR2), Noah Brown (WR3), Dalton Schultz (TE), Xavier Su'a-Filo (G), Cameron Fleming (OT), Joe Looney (C), Connor Williams (G), La'el Collins (OT)
Week 16: 12/23/18 vs TB 27-20 W Dak Prescott (QB), Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Noah Brown (WR1), Amari Cooper (WR2), Blake Jarwin (TE), Joe Looney (C), La'el Collins (OT), Tyron Smith (OT), Zack Martin (G), Xavier Su'a-Filo (G)
Week 15: 12/16/18 at IND 0-23 L Dak Prescott (QB), Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Amari Cooper (WR1), Michael Gallup (WR2), Rico Gathers (TE), Joe Looney (C), La'el Collins (OT), Connor Williams (G), Xavier Su'a-Filo (G), Tyron Smith (OT)
Week 14: 12/9/18 vs PHI 29-23 W Dak Prescott (QB), Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Allen Hurns (WR1), Michael Gallup (WR2), Amari Cooper (WR3), Dalton Schultz (TE), Joe Looney (C), Xavier Su'a-Filo (G), Tyron Smith (OT), Zack Martin (G), La'el Collins (OT)
Week 13: 11/30/18 vs NO 13-10 W Dak Prescott (QB), Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Michael Gallup (WR1), Amari Cooper (WR2), Blake Jarwin (TE), La'el Collins (OT), Xavier Su'a-Filo (G), Joe Looney (C), Zack Martin (G), Cameron Fleming (OT)

Preseason Analysis: Back at Full Strength – The Dallas Cowboys Are Loaded in 2018

One of the biggest offseason stories was Dez Bryant heading out of Dallas, leaving a big hole to fill. Dallas went out and drafted Michael Gallup out of Colorado State, who has plenty of NFL potential and will get a chance to step into a lead role. With Brice Butler and Bryant out of the picture, Dallas turned to landing Allen Hurns as well. Already having Terrence Williams, this is a thin position for Dallas heading into 2018, especially losing their Hall of Fame tight end, Jason Witten, to retirement. Dallas addressed the tight end position in the draft, oddly before Witten’s retirement, landing Dalton Schultz. Whether it is Rico Gathers or Schultz starting, there is likely not going to be position of excitement for 2018. As Ezekiel Elliot looks to return for a full season, the likeliness of Dallas leaning on him will be very high. As far as the depth behind Elliot, Dallas added to it in the draft. Bo Scarbrough out of Alabama was grabbed with the 236th pick overall, and was a bruiser in college. While he has some talent, Elliot will be the lead dog, while Rod Smith will work a few passing downs but not enough.

2017 was a season complicated by the unknown. For the better part of the first half of the schedule, Dallas didn't know from one week to the next if one of their top weapons would be available. The tribulations of Ezekiel Elliott had to wear mentally on the Cowboy squad. As they turn the corner into a new season, the Cowboys are back to full strength and loaded with talent.

NFC East Competition or Lack Thereof

Sure, it's going to be hard to argue that the Philadelphia Eagles aren't a prominent team in the NFC East. As defending Super Bowl Champions, they return a very talented team. However, there is also the notorious "Post Super Bowl Hangover". Since 2000, seven Super Bowl winners have failed even reach .500 the following season. From 2006 to 2013 every defending champ either missed the playoffs altogether, or lost in the first round. Recall that Philadelphia was 7-9 prior to their championship season. Maybe the Eagles shouldn't be viewed as highly as many experts have them.

Then, both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are obviously in rebuilding mode. The G-men have a new coaching scheme to absorb, and the Redskins are fighting off perennial ineptitude. Washington will begin 2018 with a new quarterback under center. The Dallas Cowboys return a core unit that was a strong Super Bowl favorite the last two seasons. With suspect competition in the division, the odds of a successful 2018 playoff appearance are excellent.

Offense at Full Strength

The Cowboy brass may have downplayed the looming and eventual suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott, but it affected their game preparation. Zeke will be back with a chip on his shoulder in 2018, so look for Dallas's power control game to be dominant. Starting quarterback Dak Prescott struggled to overcome the sophomore jinx in 2017. His numbers lagged in all the good categories, and ballooned in the bad ones. However, he set such a high bar in his rookie season, even a regression in productivity still ranked him as an excellent quarterback.

The whole offense suffered from the lack of healthy production from All-Pro offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Smith is at full strength heading into 2018, which must delight both Prescott and Elliott. Dallas has their entire offensive line back to full health. In addition, they added highly-prized guard Connor Williams out of Texas. The Cowboys also turned the corner from their love affair with vocal wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant had his own issues staying on the field. After 15 storied seasons, another familiar pass target in the Cowboy offense will be absent with the retirement of Jason Witten. Dallas will enter the season with three rookies and three second year players vying for pass routes. Look for talented third round draft pick Michael Gallup to surface as a Prescott favorite target. In the fourth round, Dallas selected a formidable replacement for Witten in Stanford grad, Dalton Schultz. The offense will also welcome former LA Ram's speedster Tavon Austin to camp. Austin is proposed as a versatile web-back, and could prove a sleeper addition to the Cowboy offense. One thing for certain, the offense in Big D will start the season at full strength.

Big D in Big D?

Injuries befuddled the Dallas defense in 2017 as well. The secondary was young, and the front line didn't show much cohesiveness. However, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has a way of developing that cohesiveness. Marinelli has mastered a Super Bowl Champion defense, and is regularly the leader of one of the best statistical units in the league. Demarcus Lawrence is a fantastic pillar to build any defensive strategy. Oppositions either focus a double team on Lawrence, or usually pay the consequences. With a cast of young and hungry players, there is the promise of a Big D in Big D. Penn State's Sean Lee, albeit an injury risk will start 2018 in maybe the best physical health of his 9-year career. The Cowboys also resigned David Irving from Sarasota, Florida and Kony Ealy to help add depth at defensive end. Second year nose tackle Antwaun Woods comes over from Tennessee and is viewed as the prototypical center piece to the defensive line.

Jaylon Smith is primed to be a force strong-side linebacker and Dallas used their first pick in last year's draft to add another Boise State player on defense. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has the speed and size to make an immediate impact on the Dallas defense. Dallas worked the off season to add talent and depth at their most suspect positions. The battle for pass routes in camp will be intense. Defensive players will have to fight for playing time as well. A couple things are basically guarantees though. Dak Prescott will confound defenses with his multiple talents, and the Cowboys will attempt to ram the ball down their opponent's throat, by pounding Zeke Elliott into the line over and over again. If ball control proves to be as important as it historically is in the NFL, look for the Dallas Cowboys to be in control of their 2018 destiny.