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Mailbag: X-Factor For The Cowboys In 2019?


Here's a different take on the "breakout player" question you answered last week. Which potential breakout player would have the biggest effect on the team should they take the next step forward? (i.e. Connor Williams would help the whole O-Line/offense.) - JOEY HERNANDEZ / NEWPORT BEACH, CA

Bryan: Michael Gallup will help this team as a vertical threat. I see this offense having good success underneath and intermediate with Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb and Jason Witten. Where they're going to need some plays is down the field and this is where a breakout guy like Gallup can make a difference.

Rob: Great question. Connor Williams is a solid choice. I'll flip it around and say Maliek Collins on the D-Line. He's tough and versatile and he's disruptive when healthy, but injuries have capped his production at times over the last three years. This is the last year of his rookie deal. A big season from him could elevate a defensive line that really had only two forgettable performances last year (losses to the Colts and Rams).

Last year before he got hurt, Jameill Showers seemed to be making headway at safety. Safety has been the go-to question during this offseason, yet I have not heard a peep about Showers, who has the size and mobility that DBs coach Kris Richard should covet. What is his current health and status in your opinion? - JEFFREY CAMPBELL / NEW YORK, NY

Bryan: Showers is in a tough spot. He's done a nice job rehabbing his injury but they drafted Donovan Wilson and Darian Thompson has been making plays in the opportunities he's been given. Numbers will likely get him and not having practice squad time left will hurt.

Rob: Showers is still working his way back from ACL surgery and he's looking to be full-go at the start of training camp. Made a nice play on the ball in team drills on Wednesday. I've always liked his game and his approach. (Honestly, I thought he showed promise at quarterback a few years back. Then some guy named Dak showed up.) But Showers' injury was an unfortunate setback as he tries to crack an improved safety competition this summer.

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