The Dallas Cowboys should be focused on adding more offensive threats for quarterback Dak Prescott. Heading into Week 9, Dallas' passing offense ranks 29th in the league.
The Cowboys sent a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper, who figures to become Prescott's No. 1 target moving forward. They should next turn their attention to finding a long-term replacement for Jason Witten.
Iowa's Noah Fant flashed his red-zone potential with 11 touchdown catches to go with 494 yards last year. He's showing consistency with six scores through eight games this season.
Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim has 19 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown this season, but the team could attack defenses with two-tight end sets if it added Fant. Another red-zone option would also take some pressure off of running back Ezekiel Elliott in tight quarters
With Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys draft class a success even if other prospects don't pan out
Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is tied for second in the NFL with 62 solo tackles, and that's with him playing fewer than 70 percent of his team's defensive snaps this season. He's been a tremendous addition to a Dallas defense that allows the third-fewest points per game.
Vander Esch is more than a stat compiler, however, as he proved in the big 27-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He picked off quarterback Carson Wentz to immediately kill a first-quarter drive that started on the Dallas 44-yard line, and he also beat two blockers to knock running back Corey Clement back for a five-yard loss late in the fourth quarter to help preserve a lead.
The rest of the class has not shined as much. Guard Connor Williams, who has started eight games, has been up and down. Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboy website said there "has been more good than bad with him," although both he and Rob Phillips (also of the same site) agree he needs to add more strength.
Wideout Michael Gallup only has 15 catches for 275 yards and a touchdown. Defensive end Dorance Armstrong has rotated in at defensive end and has a half-sack and eight tackles.