How bout those Cowboys!
1. Dak Prescott has had a full off-season as the Cowboys starting QB, and it is showing! His poise in the pocket last night led to a 95-yard scoring drive. He exhibited intelligence in his check-downs, and showed the doubters that he DOES have the ability to throw the long-ball accurately.
This guy is NOT a flash-in-the-pan. He in undoubtedly our Franchise Quarterback.
2. Dez Bryant is still a monster and is poised to terrify every defense he faces this year. His natural ability to rip the ball out of the air and make acrobatic moves with his body to get into the end zone are proving to be irreplaceable.
Dez has become the true heartbeat of this team, like Irvin and Pearson who came before him, and continues to wow even the most seasoned Cowboys fans.
His Jump-Ball catches are almost impossible to defend, and if he has a full, healthy season, he WILL have a Pro Bowl year. Don’t be fooled, he SCARES defensive coordinators.
3. Darren McFadden is proving age is nothing but a number. While Alfred Morris may be viewed as a much faster North/South runner, DMC is obviously the much better all-around back.
Aside from last night’s uncharacteristic fumble, he is showing why our coaches are adamant about having him as our #2 RB.
With this offensive line, he will most definitely help us in the absence of Elliott should his suspension stand. Don’t get me wrong, he’s no Zeke, but he is a strong, tough runner and still shows great ability.
4. Rod Smith, Jaylon Smith’s brother, is also proving to be an exciting and electric running back. For the 3rd game in a row he is showing how badly he wants to be an active part in the Cowboys running game and is extremely gifted in his ability to read holes, stay patient, and make defenders miss.
Smith is opening eyes for sure, and if you are the type of fan who may be panicking about the Zeke suspension, this RB committee should ease your mind.
5. Cooper Rush is fighting his heart out to be the #2 QB. While our coaches are obviously touting Kellen Moore as our definite backup to Dak, the fans are championing Rush, and last night’s’ outing solidified why fans are so excited about him.
His 2 TD throws were accurate and true, and he is playing like he’s been in the league for years. If he keeps it up, he may actually win that #2 QB spot, and stay there for a while.
6. Jaylon Smith is extremely close to being ready to contribute great things to Dallas’ defense. It was obvious that he was ready to go all-out last night, and for the defensive plays he was involved in he was all over the field.
He did take a few bad angles on a play or two, but he is facing NFL offenses which are 5x quicker than collegiate opponents he faced in the past while in Notre Dame. Smith brings big athleticism and natural football ability to a defense that desperately needs an edge-rusher.
And as exhibited last night, our defense really seems to be coming together, with Jaylon as a welcome addition. I have a feeling he is going to be a BEAST of a defender once he feels certain that pushing himself will not result in re-injuring his drop-foot problem.
Most fans like to say “It’s just preseason”, but true football fans understand the importance of evaluating talent and depth. While preseason games don’t necessarily matter in the grand scheme of records and stats, they give us and the coaching staff the chance to see new acquisitions, 2nd-year players and rookies battle it out for the right to wear The Star.
Our offense will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with again, but I think our defense will improve on last year’s #1 Defense against the run while finding ways to aggravate teams passing game. Orlando Scandrick was fired up last night before his injury, and the defense, as a whole, was doing some great things.
We’re finally starting to see our team come together as a whole, and I am expecting BIG THINGS for this Dallas Cowboys squad this season. This team is giving us every reason to believe title #6 is not that far away. It’s officially time to get VERY excited about America’s Team!