Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys have had surprises this season, but also disappointments

Byron Jones, who has shown terrific coverage skills while being a solid tackler, is quietly having a solid rookie season.
Byron Jones, who has shown terrific coverage skills while being a solid tackler, is quietly having a solid rookie season. Star-Telegram

Biggest disappointment

Lack of takeaways

The Cowboys were takeaway machines a year ago, ranking second in the league with 31. It’s part of the reason the defense improved from the third-worst all-time in 2013 into a middle of the road unit in 2014. But the turnovers have been lacking this season, as the Cowboys have only four. Worse yet, they have not produced a takeaway in six of eight games so far.

Biggest surprise

DB Byron Jones

For a first-round draft pick, Byron Jones is quietly having a great rookie season. His breakout game happened in Week 5 against New England when he successfully contained tight end Rob Gronkowski. He has continued to build on that success, taking more snaps away from J.J. Wilcox, and has displayed terrific coverage skills and been a solid tackler.

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