The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. The Dallas Cowboys are now in the spotlight.

CB Nolan Carroll

In terms of the overall numbers, the Dallas Cowboys were a middle of the road defensive unit in 2016. They finished 14th in the NFL in terms of total yards allowed per game. And don’t be fooled by the fact that no team in the league gave up fewer rushing yards per contest. Jason Garrett’s club was far too generous against the pass (26th in NFL), giving up 25 scores through the air while totaling only nine interceptions.

In free agency, Rod Marinelli’s unit lost a quartet of performers in cornerback Brandon Carr (Baltimore Ravens) and Morris Claiborne (New York Jets), as well as safeties Barry Church (Jacksonville Jaguars) and J.J. Wilcox (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Some may assume this was addition by subtraction given the numbers. But to be fair, this group could have benefitted from a better pass rush.

Veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll comes over after a three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles (following 4 seasons with the Miami Dolphins). It’s safe to say he’s gotten to know the rest of the wideouts in the NFC East. He’ll team with Orlando Scandrick as the Dallas Cowboys look to upgrade their defense a little bit at a time.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for and the founder of Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

2 Responses

  1. Ethan Chazin

    I guess we have reached the point where “journalists” throw out a position in an article’s headline and then fail to support that position with any meaningful analysis?

    • Russell S. Baxter
      Russell S. Baxter

      I beg to differ, Ethan. “It’s safe to say he’s gotten to know the rest of the wideouts in the NFC East.” His familiarity with Jordan Matthews, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard and Jamison Crowder certainly help. There are other new faces in the division but Carroll has been in this league 7 years. Don’t understand the criticism in the least.

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