The offseason is rapidly giving way to preparation for what awaits the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, a season packed with pressure for coaches and players alike.

With the NFL Draft, OTAs and mandatory minicamp behind them, the team is wrapping up their summer vacation and preparing to gear up for their annual trip to Oxnard, CA to begin training camp. There's been no shortage of headlines following the disappointing 9-7 finish to 2017, including the release of All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant followed not long after by the retirement of future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten. The two vacated seats leave huge voids littered with questions as the team works to figure out their identity going forward.

Bryant and Witten were effectively the heart and fire of the Cowboys for many years, but the offensive show now belongs to quarterback Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and a group of wide receivers that lacks a definitive top dog. Granted, this is the team's stated plan but considering it's not the norm in the NFL -- and hasn't ever been the model of the Cowboys -- there are justifiable concerns regarding how it'll all play out. The defensive side of the equation, contrarily, is coming off of a strong finish to last season and although it lost veteran linebacker Anthony Hitchens to free agency -- it landed Leighton Vander Esch in the first round to replace him, hoping comparisons to the legendary Brian Urlacher are well-founded.

And then there's the secondary, led by new passing game coordinator and former Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator Kris Richard, an amped up coach who is already making his presence felt in a unit whose goal is to be uber-physical and take the ball away. That's music to the ears of the defensive front and the $17.5 million man, DeMarcus Lawrence, whose hoping the room full of defensive ends can help prevent double teams from coming his way now that he has a bullseye on his jersey.

Let's now take a look at which players have the most intriguing storylines going into camp, for better or for worse.