Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Should See Their Roles Expand in 2013

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Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players Who Should See Their Roles Expand in 2013
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The Dallas Cowboys roster has a number of relatively young players that stand to see more action in the coming season than they did last year.

The NFL is a young man's game—always has been actually. But today it's even younger than in decades past. No longer do you see veteran players approaching 30 years of age, in some cases, still waiting for their opportunity to get on the field.

Today you have to make an impact quickly and the clock is already ticking on several Dallas players that, for various reasons, have yet to leave their mark during their limited time with the franchise.

In some cases injuries have been the holdup.

In other instances the depth chart has been the roadblock.

But in an offseason of many changes for the Cowboys, windows of opportunity will open for the following five individuals whose ''honeymoons'' are over—it's time to play football.

Dallas has had a few years following its last playoff victory in early 2010 to accept who it is and who it isn't. The apparent look of a contender in 2007 was followed by inconsistent play, terrible drafts and too much entitlement for veterans that are past their prime.

Enough.

While the Cowboys certainly have more established talent than back-to-back seasons of mediocrity might indicate, a new corps of players has begun to emerge and this must continue even beyond the upcoming draft in less than two weeks.

The following players can actually be viewed as additional draft picks this year since not a single one came close to maximizing their potential a year ago.

I'll even say this: If as many as three of these players contribute the way Dallas expects, then America's Team can easily regain the driver's seat in an NFC East division that is not expected to be very difficult to win in 2013.

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