Dallas Cowboys: Take 'Em or Trash 'Em?
The Cowboys overcame injuries to key starters and put themselves in position to make the playoffs. In the end, Jason Garrett admitted that the team's youth movement brought growing pains for an organization with just two playoff wins since its last Super Bowl title.
The Cowboys' roster will need more purging of veterans. With that, we play take 'em or trash 'em:
Watkins: Strong season but time is running out. Take.
Watkins: Solid backup who'll retire after long career. Trash.
Watkins: It is time to move on and find a legit No. 2. Trash.
Watkins: Emerged as 20-carry back the team needs. Take.
Watkins: True third-down back. Has health concerns. Take.
Watkins: Did his thing but you want to go younger. Trash.
Watkins: Only here due to injuries. Trash.
Watkins: Talented player will get his chance next season. Take.
Watkins: If health is fine, needs to be kept around. Take.
Watkins: A young player, can make it on special teams. Take.
Watkins: Missed the Pro Bowl, but still a solid, reliable player. Take.
Watkins: He was counting down the days until the end. Trash.
Watkins: Needs to work on improving his blocking technique. Take.
Watkins: Made tremendous strides toward end of the season. Future looks good. Take.
Watkins: Did not grow as a receiver and it's time to send him home. Trash.
Watkins: Needs more time to develop as a receiver and returner. Take.
Watkins: Team liked his potential, gave defense good look on scout team. Take.
Watkins: Hamstring cost him six games, still a force in the passing game. Take.
Watkins: Led the team with 11 TDs and is a FA. Needs to return. Take.
Watkins: Couldn't get on the field enough. Time to end the reality show. Trash.
Watkins: Should have played better, and move to right tackle might help. Take.
Watkins: Has some potential to be the swing tackle in 2012. Take.
Watkins: Needs to keep his weight down. Might be time to go. Trash.
Watkins: Veteran came in and did some nice things in a spot role. Take.
Watkins: Has potential to be good but will need to compete. Take.
Watkins: Need to see more of him in 2012. Should compete for starting spot. Take.
Watkins: Was inconsistent but is young and can improve. Take.
Watkins: Will compete with Costa for starting job in 2012. Take.
Watkins: Undervalued but age and health are a concern. Trash.
Watkins: Will have a chance to battle for starting spot next season. Take.
Watkins: Should move to LT next year. Athletic, powerful and smart. Take.
Watkins: Vanished at times and younger version is needed. Trash.
Watkins: Can play DT and DE. High motor and good strength. Take.
Watkins: Solid season and undervalued. Only getting better. Take.
Watkins: Played well in Rob Ryan's scheme and is valued asset. Take.
Watkins: Team kept him around for limited snaps. Needs to play more in '12. Take.
Watkins: A move to DE should be in his future. Played well overall. Take.
Watkins: Knee injury slowed his growth; still has a future. Take.
Watkins: Will test FA market, but needed to make more plays. Trash.
Watkins: Heart and soul of the defense. Had another strong season. Take.
Watkins: A solid third-down pass-rusher. Good special-teamer. Take.
Watkins: Can improve, but impressed the coaches enough to return. Take.
Watkins: Time to say goodbye. Was professional despite reduced snaps. Trash.
Watkins: Proud vet went out swinging but it's time to move on. Trash.
Watkins: The future is now and he's solid. Tough, smart and physical. Take.
Watkins: Athletic, fast and smart. Can rush off the edge, too. Starter in 2012. Take.
Watkins: Injuries slowed him down, was best corner in 2011 but want more INTs. Take.
Watkins: Stepped back in 2011. Needs to improve next year. Take.
Watkins: Played well at the start, but fizzled toward the end. Trash.
Watkins: Has the size and skill, but wasn't consistent enough. Trash.
Watkins: Tailed off at the end of the year. Find a younger corner. Trash.
Watkins: Nice job at times, but foot injury limited playmaking. Take.
Watkins: He was communications guy. The team struggled at it. Trash.
Watkins: Good special-teams player who improved on defense. Take.
Watkins: Can play some LB and that makes Rob Ryan happy. Take.
Watkins: Special-teams player who will compete next year. Take.
Watkins: A wonderful year from the rookie. Take.
Watkins: Foot injury, free agency leaves questions. Trash.
Watkins: He's not what the team wants. Time to go. Trash.
Watkins: Good season, give him a new deal. Take.
Watkins: Should have waited on new deals for Kosier, Sensabaugh and Scandrick. Take.
Position: Head coach
Watkins: Team played better under him, but in-game issues remain. Take.
Watkins: Defense was better than last year, but still had problems. Take.
Position: Special teams
Watkins: Couldn't find a good returner and the unit was average overall. Take.
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