It wasn’t a pretty season from the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. With a new coach and Covid-19 dominating lives worldwide, the team lost the benefit of extra practice time, offseason workouts and preseason games. None of that helped when the Cowboys also lost their leader, quarterback Dak Prescott, just five games into the season.
A 6-10 finish is what followed, an extremely disappointing record for a team with much higher aspirations before the year began. However, not everything was a waste. The Cowboys got solid production out of their rookie class, which bodes well for them heading into their sophomore seasons. If Dallas gets the jump from some of their second-year players, the team could be primed for a turnaround in 2021.
There’s a belief NFL players make their biggest improvements from year one to year two, which some refer to as ‘the jump.’ Getting acclimated to the big-boy league as a rookie is tough and growing pains are sure to happen. That should change in year two and here are five Cowboys who are poised to make that leap in their sophomore seasons.