Madden 20: Dallas Cowboys Player Ratings, Roster, Depth Chart, Salary Cap, Free Agents & Needs – Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarcus Lawrence, Dak Prescott & more


The Dallas Cowboys were the team of the 90's, winning 3 Super Bowls in a 6-year stretch.

However, America's Team has not made it to the NFC Championship game since their Super Bowl triumph in January 1996, and all the losing has started to get old for owner Jerry Jones.

In recent years the Cowboys have had an air of quality around them though. Years of investing in the offensive line and drafting athletic defensive players has created a team that can challenge anyone on their day. Can you take over and deliver another Super Bowl for the Cowboys?

Team Rating

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The Cowboys come into franchise mode with a strong 83 OVR. That puts them a clear #2 behind only their divisional rival the Philadelphia Eagles.

This is fueled by a very strong offensive rating of 89, the second-best unit score on the game once again behind the Eagles. The Cowboys defense is less impressive at 81, but that is still good for 5th equal in Madden 20.

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Ezekiel Elliott, Half Back (94 OVR)

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Age: 24

Development Trait: Superstar X-Factor

Contract: 7 years/$90.4 million

2019 Cap Hit: $6.34 million

Best Stats: Agility (95), Juke Move (94), Stiff Arm (93), Break Tackle (91), Acceleration (91), Speed (90), Carrying (88)

The Dallas Cowboys made Ezekiel Elliott the fourth-overall pick of the 2016 draft and got an immediate return as he led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards and scored a total of 16 touchdowns. In 2018 Elliott once again led the league in rushing with 1,434 yards and became a bigger threat in the passing game, catching 77 passes.

In Madden 20 Elliott is an elite offensive weapon. His agility (95), juke move (94), stiff arm (93) make him incredibly difficult to tackle while his speed (90) and catching (75) make him a threat anywhere on the field and on any play.

Byron Jones, Cornerback (91 OVR)

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Age: 26

Develpment Trait: Superstar X-Factor

Contract: 1 year/$6.27 million

2019 Cap Hit: $6.27 million

Best Stats: Jumping (98), agility (96), Acceleration (94), Zone Coverage (94), Press (93), Speed (92), Awareness (91), Play Recognition (90)

The Cowboys drafted Byron Jones at the end of the first round in 2015 after Jones had an astonishing Combine performance. Jones has moved around the secondary for the Cowboys in his time and hasn't improved over the years. In 2018 he became a leading coverage player in the NFL with 14 deflections and 67 tackles.

In Madden 20 Jones is a physical monster. His jumping (98), agility (96), and speed (92) means he can match up against almost anyone while his high zone coverage (94) makes him excellently suited to a cover 3 defense, but he can also hold his own in man schemes too (87).

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DeMarcus Lawrence, Defensive End (89 OVR)

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Age: 27

Development Trait: Superstar X-Factor

Contract: 5 years/$105 million

2019 Cap Hit: $11.1 million

Best Stats: Finesse Moves (95), Awareness (94), Play Recognition (89), Power Moves (89), Acceleration (88), Strength (88), Block Shedding (88)

DeMarcus Lawrence was a second-round pick for the Cowboys in 2014. He had an injury-hit first few years in the NFL, playing just 32 of a possible 48 games, but in 2017 Lawrence was healthy and became an edge-rushing monster with 14.5 sacks and 26 QB hits. He backed that up with 10.5 sacks and 23 QB hits last year to earn a huge new contract.

In Madden 20 Lawrence is an excellent edge rusher, with high finesse (95) and power moves (89). His acceleration (88) and strength (88) give him the tools to challenge any blocker.

Dak Prescott, Quarterback (81 OVR)

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Age: 26

Development Trait: Star

Contract: 1 year/$2.14 million

2019 Cap Hit: $2.14 million

Best Stats: Break Sack (92), Short Accuracy (89), Throw On Run (88), Throw Power (87), Medium Accuracy (86), Deep Accuracy (85), Play Action (84)

Dak Prescott was a fourth-round pick for the Cowboys in 2016. He wasn't meant to play much at all but a preseason injury for Tony Romo saw Prescott start from Week 1 as a rookie and he was extremely impressive, helping guide the Cowboys to a 13-3 record as he won Offensive Rookie of the Year. In three years as a starter he has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 67 touchdowns and an average of 3,625 yards per season.

Prescott is a useful quarterback in Madden 20. With good accuracy (89 short, 86 medium, 85 deep) and solid throw power (87). He can also escape pressure (92) with his acceleration (86) and speed (82).

Full Roster & Depth Chart

QB
OVR
SPD
THP
SAC
MAC
DAC
Dak Prescott
81
82
87
89
86
85
Cooper Rush
53
75
82
73
68
71
HB
OVR
SPD
CAR
SFA
ELU
JKM
Ezekiel Elliott
94
90
88
93
85
94
Alfred Morris
73
87
91
83
70
78
Tony Pollard
69
93
85
66
78
82
Jordan Chunn
63
85
85
78
72
76
FB
OVR
SPD
CAR
RBK
Jamize Olawale
69
85
72
56
WR
OVR
SPD
CTH
SRR
MRR
DRR
Amari Cooper
89
92
91
89
90
88
Randall Cobb
80
90
87
85
82
78
Michael Gallup
78
90
83
82
80
83
Tavon Austin
73
94
81
77
76
73
Noah Brown
70
87
84
68
69
63
Devin Smith
67
90
77
67
70
72
Jon’Vea Johnson
65
92
78
67
64
69
Lance Lenoir
63
85
83
66
68
63
TE
OVR
SPD
CTH
SRR
RBK
Jason Witten
83
74
88
76
68
Blake Jarwin
73
81
79
65
72
Dalton Schultz
72
81
78
63
66
LP LaDoucer
47
67
64
45
54
OL
OVR
PBK
RBK
LBK
IBL
Zack Martin
96
94
97
94
92
Travis Frederick
94
91
95
93
95
Tyron Smith
94
92
92
89
92
La’el Collins
76
78
78
85
86
Connor Williams
71
71
72
83
86
Joe Looney
69
70
74
81
83
Xavier Su’a-Filo
68
66
73
67
81
Cameron Fleming
66
68
74
71
73
Connor McGovern
64
66
69
75
80
Cody Wichmann
59
61
66
71
69
Adam Redmond
55
66
65
78
77
Brandon Knight
53
59
62
76
75
DE
OVR
SPD
STR
PMV
FMV
BSH
DeMarcus Lawrence
89
81
88
89
95
88
Tyrone Crawford
79
77
86
83
68
78
Robert Quinn
78
81
84
82
64
60
Randy Gregory
76
84
79
64
80
67
Taco Charlton
75
79
80
61
75
69
Dorance Armstrong
71
77
80
61
76
69
Kerry Hyder
70
75
79
63
79
67
Joe Jackson
64
77
81
69
60
70
Jalen Jelks
61
75
75
67
62
66
DT
OVR
SPD
STR
PMV
FMV
BSH
Maliek Collins
74
71
84
62
81
59
Christian Covington
73
76
78
78
56
76
Antwaun Woods
73
72
85
72
57
72
Trysten Hill
72
72
86
69
74
75
Daniel Ross
67
72
85
75
66
63
OLB
OVR
SPD
TAK
POW
MCV
ZCV
Leighton Vander Esch
86
86
87
81
68
73
Sean Lee
84
82
86
83
66
71
Justin March
69
82
82
78
48
57
MLB
OVR
SPD
TAK
BSH
MCV
ZCV
Jaylon Smith
85
87
83
76
73
81
Joe Thomas
68
83
80
67
60
67
Luke Gifford
59
84
77
67
50
56
CB
OVR
SPD
MCV
ZCV
PRS
Byron Jones
91
92
87
94
93
Chidobe Awuzie
81
91
79
76
81
Anthony Brown
79
95
78
77
80
Jourdan Lewis
74
89
73
69
81
CJ Goodwin
64
90
66
63
74
Chris Westry
62
94
62
64
74
FS
OVR
SPD
PRC
ZCV
TAK
Xavier Woods
77
89
74
77
72
Darian Thompson
68
86
73
64
74
SS
OVR
SPD
PRC
ZCV
TAK
Jeff Heath
73
89
74
74
65
Kavon Frazier
69
86
69
66
75
Donovan Wilson
64
84
63
67
68
Jameill Showers
56
84
50
69
59
K
OVR
KPW
KAC
Brett Maher
74
98
80
P
OVR
KPW
KAC
Chris Jones
84
93
94

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The Cowboys roster is extremely strong across the starters but it does lack a little depth in places.

The offense is run by quarterback Dak Prescott (89 short accuracy, 88 throw on run) but it is his supporting cast that really shines. Running back Ezekiel Elliott (94 juke move, 93 stiff arm) is a superstar and wide receiver Amari Cooper (92 speed, 91 catching) is a very good player.

Second-year receiver Michael Gallup (90 speed, 86 jumping) is a solid secondary receiver and veteran Jason Witten (88 catching, 76 short route) can still get it done.

The real stength of this team is its offensive line though. With three stars of left tackle Tyron Smith (92 pass block, 92 run block), center Travis Frederick (95 run block, 91 pass block), and Zack Martin (97 run block, 94 pass block) they can run on anyone and protect Prescott all day.

Defensively the Cowboys are less impressive but they have playmakers at every level. DeMarcus Lawrence (95 finesse, 89 power) is the stud on the defensive line and he is supported by Tyrone Crawford (86 strength, 83 power moves) and Maliek Collins (84 strength, 81 finesse moves).

The Cowboys have an excellent trio of linebackers. Second-year OLB Leighton Vander Esch (91 acceleration, 87 tackling) leads the way with MLB Jaylon Smith (93 hit power, 91 acceleration) and veteran Sean Lee (93 play recognition, 86 tackling) supporting him.

In the secondary, cornerback Byron Jones (96 agility, 94 zone cover) is the star. The Cowboys have nice depth behind him with Chidobe Awuzie (92 acceleration, 79 man cover) and Anthony Brown (95 speed, 78 man cover). Safeties Jeff Heath (89 speed, 74 zone) and Xavier Woods (89 speed, 77 zone cover) are a reasonable pairing.

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Salary Cap

The Cowboys come into franchise mode with 58 players on the preseason roster and $35.2 million in cap space. That's a solid number considering the big extensions recently handed out by Jerry Jones, but considering those new contracts and a few of the players that need re-signing you don't have the room to make any big trade.

Impending Free Agents

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Dallas has 29 players on their final year. While most are easily replaceable players at the bottom of your roster, several are guys that will see playing time at key positions that you need to consider signing including star corner Byron Jones and quarterback Dak Prescott who we have already discussed.

Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver (89 OVR)

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The Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper from the Raiders for a first-round pick in the middle of last season and he had a big impact on the offense. His speed (92) and catching (91) make him a reliable target while his route running (89 short, 90 medium, 88 deep) makes him a threat on every route.

With so many big contracts already on the books for years to come there is a good argument to let Cooper walk in free agency or trade him away early for a pick, but he is so good that he would be a big loss. Just remember, keeping him means you'll have to sacrifice some depth elsewhere.

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Dak Prescott, Quarterback (81 OVR)

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This is a decision that could soon be taken out of your hands as he is in discussion with the Cowboys for a monster extension.

In Madden 20 his demands should be more reasonable, making him a good option to keep and develop further. Prescott is not too far away from becoming an elite passer with his consistent accuracy (89 short, 86 medium, 85 deep) and solid throw power (87) so giving him a long contract could be a real money-saver in future seasons.

Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver (80 OVR)

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If you aren't going to keep Cobb so that you can give a big deal to Jones and Prescott then you should try to retain Randall Cobb to use as a #2 receiver while Michael Gallup develops into your #1.

At 29 Cobb still has a few years left, and he has the speed (90) and catching (87) to be a useful player.

Anthony Brown, Cornerback (79 OVR)

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Brown is currently the Cowboys #3 corner, which effectively makes him a starter. At 25 years old and with elite speed (95) he can become a very good player quite quickly so should be kept.

Holding onto him becomes even more important should Byron Jones move on.

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Roster Needs

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The Cowboys starting lineup is pretty strong. The biggest need is at defensive tackle and both safeties, but neither are crying out for an immediate upgrade.

Safety can be a tricky position to find in the draft, so you may have to hold on and dip into the free agent market for an upgrade here, but moving Byron Jones to free safety is always an option if there is talent available at corner.

Defensive tackles are usually more readily available, especially as you can move a big 3-4 end into that spot.

Secondary needs are a tight end to replace Jason Witten and a little depth at linebacker to replace Sean Lee who is likely to retire shortly.

The weak spot of the offensive line in at left guard, but Connor Williams is young and can improve naturally so there is no need to go chasing that spot.

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