The Cowboys offense was special last year. With breakout stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys ranked 3rd in passing offense DVOA, 2nd in rushing offense DVOA for a total of 5th overall in DVOA. An incredible year led by a couple of Pro Bowl rookies.
Still, 2017 could be even better as the two aforementioned studs continue to develop.
One player who was missing in action during the 2016 season was future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. Witten, one of the most consistent playmakers at tight end of all time, is not aging gracefully. In 2014, at age 32, he was selecting to his 10th Pro Bowl. Pro Football Focus graded him at +18.7. Not as good as his 30+ graded seasons in his prime but for a 32 year, that's incredibly productive.
Since then? -7.3 and -2.8 in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Is time taking its toll on the great tight end or are the last two seasons just an anomaly? Let's hope the the perennial All-Pro can go out at the top of his game!
Source: Pro Football Focus · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency