#82, future hall of famer, Jason Witten, is at it once again. Witten will be entering his 15th season with the club and his intensity level has NOT diminished. The 2017 Dallas Cowboys are back chomping at the bit for the start of the teams 57th NFL season. All the youth on this team will follow Witten into camp with renewed intestinal fortitude.
Every season starts with a new team. Bear in mind, last year’s 13-3 team is a thing of the past. Talent has left; however, they were replaced by younger, faster athletes. These new additions to the team will have to pull themselves up by their collective bootstraps in order to get up to NFL game speed. Dallas will have two inactive players as they opened up in Oxnard, California, Richard Ash, with a non-football injury and Justin Durant, who was re-signed late in July to bolster the linebacker corps.
The “new” Dallas Defense
Expectations are high for this year’s rejuvenated roster. It hardly seems possible that Byron Jones is now one of the team’s leading defensive veterans. Arriving here just three years ago, Byron will lead the secondary’s rookies into training camp.
Chidobe Awuzie will be a force as a rookie. Expect to see him lightening the load on Byron. This addition to the secondary will allow Jones to move around wherever Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus want him to line up.
Rookie cornerback, Jourdan Lewis, will NOT be outshined nor will he shy away from the league’s top receivers. Lewis may man one of the corner jobs right out of the gates, after camp concludes. Lewis has a high confidence level heading into his first training camp. Playing against Dez, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten, Cole Beasley, Brice Butler and potential rookie standout, Ryan Switzer, will make Lewis a top-flight addition to the defense and push less gifted players to up their games in order to remain on the 53 man roster.
Nolan Carroll is NOT a lock for a starting job with this group of talent joining the defensive backfield. He will have to beat out a player like Anthony Brown in order to hold down a corner starting position, that will be NO easy task.
Having a veteran leader like Jason Witten attending his 15th training camp will inspire the other offensive play makers to mock his work ethic.
Jason Witten is a great man both on and off the field. Witten represents exactly what it means to be a Cowboy. He is tough, honorable, and gives his all to his team and his community. It has been an honor watching Jason for 14 seasons. It will be just as satisfying watching him make this offense better by demanding coverage by the opposing defenses.
With a leader like Jason Witten, how can this NOT be a good season? Stayed tuned for your 2017 Dallas Cowboys!
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