The Dallas Cowboys head into training camp with security on their special teams. They have a reliable kicker and punter with a solid return game.
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a season where their special teams unit ranked fourth in the NFL by The Dallas Morning News.
Kicker Dan Bailey has been a consistent force the past couple of seasons and was rewarded with a six-year contract extension for $3.3 million per season.Bailey made 28-of-30 of his field goals, including six from 50 yards or longer.
The Cowboys are also set at punter. Chris Jones re-signed after being an exclusive rights free agent for $645,000. Jones showcased his powerful leg by pinning opponents inside the 20-yard line 30 out of 77 times.
However, he will face competition from undrafted rookie Cody Mandell, who punted at Alabama. He posted an impressive average of 47.1 yards in his senior season with the Crimson Tide.
In the return game, Dwayne Harris is expected to resume his role since he will find it difficult to receive significant playing time at wide receiver.
He is a home-run threat in both the kick and punt return game. The special teams ace finished with 1,113 total return yards, and he added nine tackles on special teams plays.
Although Cowboys fans would probably prefer to see improvement on the defense, they can rest easy knowing that the special teams unit will perform well.