Cowboys 2022 roster preview: Week 3 of pre-season – Jess Haynie, Inside The Star

Has sophomore DT Quinton Bohanna done enough to push veteran Carlos Watkins?

Defense Depth Chart (27)

OF : DeMarcus Lawrence, Chauncey Golston

DT: Osa Odighizuwa, John Ridgeway

DT: Neville Gallimore, Trysten Hill, Quinton Bohanna

OF : Dorance Armstrong, Sam Williams, Dante Fowler

KG: Jabril Cox, Anthony Barr

KG: Micah Parsons, Luke Gifford

KG: Leighton Vander Esch, Devin Harper

CC: Trevon Diggs, Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright

CC: Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis, Daron Bland

S: Malik Hooker, Israel Mukuamu

S: Jayron Kearse, Donovan Wilson, Markquese Bell

IR: LB Damone Clark

We’ve made a change at DT since last time, dropping Carlos Watkins for Quinton Bohanna. While the veteran has done a good job later and has solid depth, the resurgence of Trysten Hill mitigates that need while Bohanna and John Ridgeway offer young, cheap rookie deals.

Linebacker and cornerback positions feel locked at this point. Devin Harper and DaRon Bland have looked good in preseason and have those tasty four-year-old rookie offers the team would like to preserve.

Cowboys DE Sam Williams opens eyes around the league, opening up possibilities for Dallas defense – Todd Brock, The Cowboys Wire

The Cowboys’ defensive line is the strength of their roster, with rookie Sam Williams poised to make an early impact.

Sooner or later, Williams knows, the climax will be his. Only 77 games start in his professional career, it is already getting easier.

“It is, it is” he told reporters after Saturday’s 32-18 win on chargers. “When I watch the movie, I’ll be like, ‘Dang, I should have had that. Dang, I should have had this. But you can’t reverse time; I just try to improve myself every day. »

So far it seems to work.

The 6-foot-4 Williams’ calling card early in camp was his insane speed. But studying and refining his technique every day – with guys like DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons as mentors – has helped him enrich his growing toolbox.

During his 33 snaps against Denver, Williams made it a point to try a variety of moves. That impressed NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger.

By Week 2 of preseason, he was putting his speed, power and technique together. Baldinger sees room for improvement in the 23-year-old, but also sees tantalizing possibilities once he’s paired with other game-breakers in the Cowboys’ defensive unit.

Pre-Season Week 2 Brings Promising Update For Cowboys WR Michael Gallup – Lauren Barash, The Landry Hat

The Cowboys still need receivers to step in without Michael Gallup and James Washington to start the season.

Asked about Gallup’s progress throughout the offseason, the coaching staff and front office members continued to give the typical “he’s doing great” and “he’ll get there.” But no actual timetable was given. It wasn’t until late July that we heard some kind of legit update, and it came from Gallup itself.

At training camp, the 26-year-old told reporters that playing Week 1 was not a realistic possibility.

Gallup has been around for practices and is there to do group work and cheer on his teammates, but can’t participate fully given he’s on the PUP roster. However, after Thursday’s joint practice with the Chargers, the catcher gave fans something they’ve wanted to see for a while.

The WR were on the training ground and caught passes from Dak Prescott for the first time since January 2.

It’s a great site to see. Michael Gehlken and Calvin Watkins from Dallas Morning News were the first to report the Gallup update.

Apparently, the receiver was told on Wednesday that he was finally ready for this next stage of his recovery. He even said he had trouble sleeping the night before because he was so excited to get back to work. learned on Wednesday that he would be going through this stage of his rehabilitation and said his excitement made it difficult to sleep that night.

Cowboys win-loss predictions for the 2022 NFL season – Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report

The Cowboys got away with the NFC East last year, but many expect the Eagles to make it a closer run this season.

Perhaps the best development for Dallas this offseason has been its ability to maintain continuity. The team that won 12 games a year ago will largely return, with some notable exceptions.

The offensive line lost La’el Collins and Connor Williams. The receiving corps parted ways with Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr. Pass-rusher Randy Gregory rejected Dallas for the Denver Broncos in free agency. However, most of the key cast including Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Dak Prescott, Dalton Schultz, Tevon Diggs, DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons will return.

Head coach Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn also return.

Still, Dallas is widely expected to take a step back in 2022. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the team’s over/under for wins is set at 10. It remains the favorite to win the NFC East but won’t is only a slight favourite.

Dallas is at +140 (bet $100 to win $140), while the Philadelphia Eagles are at +160.

Interestingly, the Cowboys received zero votes from Bleacher Report’s NFL panel of experts when it predicted the division winners in July. Philadelphia was the consensus pick, while Wesley O’Donnell picked the New York Giants.

He said: “There are some intriguing roster elements on paper, they’re playing one of the weakest schedules in the league, and maybe, just maybe, the changes made this offseason will ignite an unexpected spark. . It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen something like this. »

Indeed, we haven’t seen back-to-back division winners since the 2003-04 (Philadelphia) seasons.

Dallas is among the favorites to win the conference, 9-1 behind only the Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. However, the Cowboys are considered a longer shot to win the Super Bowl, tied with the Baltimore Ravens at 20-1.

It looks like Dallas is considered a good playoff team, but maybe not a legitimate title contender.

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