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By Jonathan Bales

Top 3 Breakout Players for Cowboys in 2012

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At NBC, I listed my top three breakout players for the Cowboys this season.

2. ILB Bruce Carter

Carter is a player we all knew had massive potential, but I really didn’t foresee the type of dominance he displayed in 2012. Carter registered a tackle on 11.2 percent of snaps—right in the same range as 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis. Outside of his final game of the season in which he surrendered a long touchdown, Carter allowed only 5.79 YPA and one touchdown all year in coverage. Paired with Sean Lee, the Cowboys have one of the premiere inside linebacker duos in the NFL.

1. WR Dez Bryant

Bryant’s place at the top of this list is really a no-brainer. In the preseason, I projected Bryant at 1,224 yards and 11 touchdowns. He surpassed even those lofty numbers, recording 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns for Dallas. If the Cowboys continue to use Bryant downfield as they did in the second half of the season, he’s going to again post career-highs in yards and touchdowns in 2013.

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