Skip to main content
New York Giants homepage

Giants News | New York Giants –

Schedule Preview: Cowboys beef up defense, add offensive playmaker

With the 2020 schedule now released, will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Next up are the Dallas Cowboys, who added pieces on both sides of the ball this offseason.

Matchup: Week 5 - Sunday, October 11, 4:25 PM at AT&T Stadium

Week 17 - Sunday, January 1, 1:00 PM at MetLife Stadium

2019 record: 8-8

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy (first season with Dallas)

Free Agency


QB Dak Prescott (franchise tag), WR Amari Cooper (signed to 5-year deal), FB Jamize Olawale (signed to 1-year deal), TE Blake Jarwin (signed to 3-year deal), C/G Joe Looney (signed to 1-year deal), LB Sean Lee (signed to 1-year deal), LB Joe Thomas (signed to 1-year deal), CB Anthony Brown (signed to 3-year deal), S Darian Thompson (signed to 1-year deal), K Kai Forbath (signed to 1-year deal), LS L.P. Ladoucer (signed to 1-year deal)

New Additions:

DT Gerald McCoy – McCoy started every game in his one season with the Panthers last year, marking the first time he played all 16 games since 2013. The 32-year-old defensive tackle collected 37 tackles (15 solo), 5.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss, 13 QB hits and two passes defended in 2019. McCoy has gone to the Pro Bowl six times since entering the NFL in 2010. He was named First-Team All-Pro from 2012-2014 and was Second-Team All-Pro in 2016.

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – Clinton-Dix started all 16 games in his only season with the Bears last year. The veteran safety recorded 78 tackles (62 solo), two interceptions, one touchdown, five passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Clinton-Dix has made one Pro Bowl and was once named Second-Team All-Pro, both in 2016.

K Greg Zuerlein – Zuerlein spent his first eight seasons with the Rams before signing with the Cowboys this offseason. In 16 games last year, he connected on 24 of 33 field goal attempts (72.7%) while making all 42 extra point attempts. Zuerlein made the Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2017.

DT Dontari Poe – Poe played in 11 games with 10 starts for the Panthers last year. The 29-year-old registered 22 tackles (15 solo), 4.0 sacks, seven tackles for loss and six QB hits. Poe has made two trips to the Pro Bowl (2013 and 2014) and was named Second-Team All-Pro in 2013.

DE/LB Aldon Smith – Smith has been out of the NFL since 2015 when he played nine games with seven starts for the Raiders. He finished with 28 tackles (21 solo), 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, eight QB hits and three passes defended. Smith made the Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro in 2012.

CB Daryl Worley – Worley started a career-high 15 games for the Raiders in 2019. The corner finished the season with 58 tackles (51 solo), one interception, eight passes defended, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery.

QB Andy Dalton – Dalton started 13 games for the Bengals last year, his ninth with the franchise. The veteran quarterback completed 59.5% of his passes for 3,494 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and finished with a 78.3 quarterback rating. Dalton has made three Pro Bowl appearances throughout his career (2011, 2014, 2016).

TE Blake Bell – After signing with Dallas, Bell joins his fifth team in six years. The tight end appeared in 15 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season with seven starts, and caught eight passes for 67 yards.

CB Maurice Canady – Canady appeared in 13 games with three starts between the Jets and Ravens last year. The cornerback finished the season with 46 tackles (37 solo), one tackle for loss, five passes defended and one forced fumble.

Free Agent Departures:

C Travis Frederick (retired), WR Randall Cobb (3-year deal with Texans), TE Jason Witten (1-year deal with Raiders), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (3-year deal with Bengals), OT Cam Fleming (1-year deal with Giants), DT Maliek Collins (2-year deal with Raiders), DT Christian Covington (1-year deal with Broncos), DT Daniel Ross (1-year deal with Raiders), DL Kerry Hyder (1-year deal with 49ers), DE Robert Quinn (5-year deal with Bears), CB Byron Jones (5-year deal with Dolphins), S Jeff Heath (2-year deal with Raiders), WR Tavon Austin, DT Michael Bennett, DT Antwaun Woods, LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, LB Malcolm Smith.

View photos of the additions made by the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

2020 Draft Class

(Round 1, Pick 17) WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma – Lamb had a strong junior campaign for the Sooners, catching 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games. After being named Second-Team All-Big 12 in 2018, Lamb earned First-Team All-Big 12 and Consensus All-American honors last season.

(Round 2, Pick 51) CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama – Diggs played in 12 games for Alabama last season, finishing with 37 tackles (20 solo), 0.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, eight passes defended, two fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-SEC for his senior season.

(Round 3, Pick 82) DL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma – Gallimore played in 13 games for Oklahoma in 2019 and recorded 29 tackles (17 solo), 4.0 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one pass defended. He was named Second-Team All-Big 12.

(Round 4, Pick 123) CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa – Playing in 12 games for Tulsa last season, Robinson registered 38 tackles (26 solo), one tackle for loss, three interceptions, 13 passes defended and two fumble recoveries, earning First-Team All-AAC honors.

(Round 4, Pick 146) C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin – After being named Third-Team All-Big Ten as a redshirt freshman in 2017, Biadasz was named First-Team All-Big Ten in both 2018 and 2019. Biadasz also earned Unanimous All-American honors last season while being the recipient of the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center.

(Round 5, Pick 179) DE Bradlee Anae, Utah – Anae had a strong senior campaign last year for Utah, collecting 41 tackles (30 solo), 13.0 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Anae was twice named First-Team All-Pac-12 (2018, 2019) and also earned Consensus All-American honors in 2019, as well as the Morris Trophy for being the Pac-12's top defensive lineman.

(Round 7, Pick 231) QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison – DiNucci completed 70.9% of his passes for James Madison last year, finishing with 3,441 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions. After being named Third-Team All-CAA in 2018, the QB earned First-Team All-CAA honors last year on his way to being named CAA Offensive Player of the Year.


Giants App

Download the Giants' official app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices

Related Content