The Dallas Cowboys have officially completed 75% of their preseason and are quickly approaching their last exhibition game of the year. With a preseason game to play before the real thing starts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there is still a lot to be resolved.

The Cowboys left their dress rehearsal happy that they came out injury-free, but going up and down the roster there’s still a lot to learn about this team heading into week one. On Saturday night, defensive starters have gotten the most action so far and let us know this will happen if there is a COVID-related issue, as Dan Quinn was unable to take on his usual role as coordinator defensive as he and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins stood firm and left the scene “being too cautious.”

There was a lot to discuss after the third preseason game, and here’s what we learned.

Backup QB is a problem and may not be on the list.

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The Cowboys were hoping someone, anyone on the roster, would stand up and take a firm hold of QB2’s position. Sadly Saturday night showed us just the opposite as it looks like position may be a bigger issue than it seemed before. Garrett Gilbert was in trouble and looked sloppy in his outing. Gilbert found himself holding the ball too long and struggled to get the offense in any kind of pace during the game.

Cooper Rush seemed much more in control and was able to maneuver the attack effectively when he spelled Gilbert. However, end-to-end Gilbert was seen as a firm leader in the QB2 race between the two, so while the outing was better for Rush, it may actually cause more questions than answers before their final pre match. -season.

Ben DiNucci struggled, to put it mildly, and it seems his playing hurt his prospects far more than he helped him. DiNucci has never been in the running for the substitute job, but you wonder if his poor performances, supplemented by three interceptions in one half, cost him a place on the teams’ practice squad.

Tony Pollard looks set to explode in 2021.

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When Pollard hits football, you straighten up a bit. It seems like every time he lets go of his hand or catches a pass in space, there’s a real chance you will see something special happen. The patience to find the hole and the flurry he shows to hit it with confidence is elite. The Cowboys have always tried to find a way to craft more keys for Pollard, and this year doesn’t look any different, but it could be the year Pollard could see an increase in opportunities and production as he’s just too much. good for not getting involved.

Not taking anything away from Ezekiel Elliott as he looks set to go on his own revenge tour in 2021, but the fact that Pollard is playing at a high level will only help the pair be a top duo for this season. future. The Cowboys would be wise to continue to find ways to plot him into this offense and use it as a mismatch with the less athletic linebackers in space.

WR1 – WR5 There is no better WR group in the NFL than the Cowboys.

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There may be question marks all over this team, but there should be no question marks on this group of extended receivers. The first three speak for themselves, because Amari Cooper is calm, efficient and a route technician. Ceedee Lamb was the best player in training camp and his career has only just begun, the sky is the limit on how much he can accomplish. Michael Gallup is sometimes the forgotten man of the group, but under no circumstances should you fall asleep as he is in his contract year and is looking to extend his course tree this year so that it is more of a problem for opposing defenses. .

Where the Cowboys are truly lethal to opposing defenses is the fact that their fourth and fifth wide receivers can be productive in their own right. Cedrick Wilson plays when his number is called and could be considered a solid WR3 with marginal WR2 talent. Noah Brown has had his biggest impact on special teams, but has shown his ability to make plays when it’s time to jump in. The kind of depth this team has in a position is rare, and it might only last this final season as Gallup is surely going to see offers that could force him away from Dallas, but he would be wise for the Cowboys. to capitalize on the here and now.

Jabril Cox might struggle to break the rotation this year, but his future is bright.

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The second linebacker in this year’s draft turned heads with his game. Like his running mate Micah Parsons, he is praised for his high motor skills and relentless pursuit of football. The Cowboys added Keanu Neal to the defense to accompany Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith and Parsons, who saw the linebacker room fill with talent, but it was Cox’s play that made many wonder how Cox can. get involved early.

From the start, Cox can be seen as having his biggest impact on the special teams unit, but don’t be surprised as the season progresses if he’s not fully entrenched in the linebacker rotation. . The addition of Cox and Parsons has called into question a lot the future of Smith and Vander Esch, and while we have an entire season ahead of us to sort out the implications of the selections, the Cowboys are well positioned to advance to linebacker. .

The Cowboys’ next preseason game is on August 29 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be their fourth and last preseason game of the year. This is the last chance for fringe players to show off their skills, as not many, if not all established players will play. There are still a lot of unanswered questions and the Cowboys will be looking to figure all out before it becomes real.

Saturday night was filled with many highlights for the Cowboys and unfortunately also a few weak points. We’ve put them all together for you on Blogging The Boys YouTube channel.

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