The Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2012, but when you look at their roster, it’s kind of hard to believe that this team is so inconsistent and unpredictable during the course of an NFL season. The Cowboys have a very solid QB in Tony Romo, depending who you ask, but the biggest problem last year was probably the injuries to key offensive skill players and inconsistency of the offensive line.
Dallas has some players ready to break out, and I’m here to tell you who they are. For this series, we will take a look at three different players–a third year player, second year player, and a rookie–that could be potential breakout candidates for every NFL team.
Third Year–Bruce Carter, LB
Bruce Carter was a really highly touted LB prospect coming out of North Carolina prior to the 2010/11 season, and with some injury history, his stock fell to the second round where the Cowboys scooped him up. He had just eight tackles as a rookie, but was able to put together a very strong sophomore campaign where he had 70 tackles in 11 games.
Carter had an elbow injury that is “back to 100 percent” as of May 9th, and if he can put together a fully healthy season, he is a player to really keep an eye on in Monte Kiffin’s new defense. There are some throwing out Derrick Brooks comparisons, which are lofty and maybe a little too soon, but they are out there nonetheless.
In his third season, Carter will start for the Cowboys at weakside linebacker flanking 2010 second round pick Sean Lee, and I think if he can stay healthy, he should emerge as one of the best young linebackers in the league.