Last season, a few breakout players helped turn around the Cowboys’ season, most notably Miles Austin. Following a Week Four loss in Denver, the ‘Boys were reeling. Starting receiver Roy Williams got injured, opening the door for Austin’s 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns in an overtime win in Kansas City. Who knows how the team’s season would have unfolded without Austin’s presence?
This season, a variety of players are primed for breakout seasons. In uncovering these players, I like to look at statistics which are not generally utilized, but still provide an idea of how efficiently a player can perform. Defensive end Jason Hatcher, for example, racked up 17 quarterback pressures in 2009, yet totaled just one sack. With his snap count figuring to increase, the rate that Hatcher reaches the quarterback could put him in line for six to eight sacks this season.
In this slideshow are 10 Cowboys players who are ready to become household names.