When a team seems to perennially underperform, the need for breakout players is magnified. In recent years, the Dallas Cowboys have hoped for breakout years from players like Sean Lee, Doug Free, Orlando Scandrick and Felix Jones.
Some have delivered, some have not.
But in reality, every NFL team counts on at least a few guys to emerge each year. Find me a Super Bowl-winning team that didn't get some surprise performances from players who weren't as productive in years prior.
Looking at the Dallas roster, there are some clear candidates. Here are four Cowboys who could be on the verge of taking off in 2012.