The Dallas Cowboys got a lot younger between 2010 and 2011, and with the youth came a good bit of promise. Three Cowboys were named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team, in right tackle Tyron Smith, running back DeMarco Murray and kicker Dan Bailey.
Bailey was signed as an undrafted free agent, Murray was a 3rd rounder in 2011, and of course, Smith was the team’s first round selection. At 20-years-old, Smith was also the youngest player in the NFL in 2011.
All three contributed significantly to Dallas’ efforts, with Bailey nailing 32 of 37 field goals (the fourth most all-time for a rookie), Murray emerging as the team’s featured back (with 164 carries for 897 yards and two touchdowns) before going down with an ankle fracture, and Smith doing well enough at right tackle to have the team considering moving him to Tony Romo’s blindside next year.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was named to PFW’s All-NFL team.
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