With the 2016 NFL draft in the rearview mirror, rumors are heating up regarding the Dallas Cowboys and their roster for the upcoming season. While the Cowboys drafted a few players with a tremendous amount of upside, most notably Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott, the team’s biggest addition may be a healthy Tony Romo. While Romo missed most of the 2015 NFL season with a collarbone injury, he is apparently going to be completely healthy for the start of the 2016 season, and many believe that he is going to have the best season of his career.
After finishing with a record of 4-12, Cowboys’ fans are desperately trying to forget last season. In addition to losing Romo, wide receiver Dez Bryant also had the worst season of his career, but he was injured throughout the entire year. With one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, the Cowboys’ offense is looking to bounce back this year.
As reported by Blogging The Boys, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett recently spoke about Romo’s health, and the news is good for the veteran quarterback.
“He threw in the workout yesterday. He’ll throw again tomorrow. Hasn’t really had any issues physically. He’s integrated almost completely back into the offseason program. He’s really made a lot of progress. I think his back is feeling good. His shoulder seems fine. He’s moving around well. He’s really doing very well.”
If the Cowboys are to have any hope of competing in the NFC East, they are going to need a healthy Romo. After not having a viable backup option last season, the Cowboys’ offense became a shell of its formerly dominant self. While the team drafted Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the recent draft, he is not ready to play this season. Since the Cowboys have still not brought in a competent backup, they are in serious trouble if Romo goes down again.
Regardless of the backup options, Romo should be able to flourish this season. With Elliott now entrenched as the team’s bell-cow running back, the Cowboys’ running game is going to be one of the best in the entire NFL. In 2014, DeMarco Murray ran for 1,845 yards. In 2015, Darren McFadden ran for 1,089 yards, which was his best season in a long time. After leaving the Cowboys after the 2014 season, Murray struggled with the Philadelphia Eagles. The bottom line is that the Cowboys’ offensive line is truly elite. Since Elliott is viewed to be more talented than both Murray and McFadden, he could be in for an elite season.
With a strong running game, a lot of the pressure will be taken off of Romo’s shoulders. While the 36-year-old probably still has a few years left of solid football, Romo needs to do everything that he can in order to avoid taking unnecessary hits. With Bryant back to 100 percent, Romo should have more than enough options to make quick decisions with the football.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, former Cowboy Darren Woodson believes that this will be the best season that we have seen from Romo.
“That is not an overreaction. The one thing about the Cowboys right now, they all know the chips are all in on this offense. They brought in Ezekiel Elliott, they want to run the ball consistently. Dez Bryant is going to have some one-on-one opportunities on the outside. I look to see Romo throw the ball down the field, make big plays for this offense. I think this may be his best… and he’s biting at the bit, he’s been wanting to get back on the field since what happened last year. I think this will be one of his best seasons.”
While the Cowboys finished in last place in the NFC East last season, it is not exactly one of the stronger divisions in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants have new head coaches, and the Washington Redskins were a really mediocre division winner. If Romo is healthy and the Cowboys’ offensive line remains intact, they should remain the favorites to win the division.
With Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo making a comeback from a serious injury last season, rumors will continue to come out regarding his health. While there is still a chance that he suffers a setback, it appears as though Romo is going to be fully healthy to start the 2016 NFL season.
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