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2016 Cowboys Camp: Who’s the Favorite Dark Horse?

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2016 Cowboys Camp: Who’s the Favorite Dark Horse?

Every year, most of us who follow Cowboys training camps and preseasons latch on to some lesser-known, little-expected-from prospect and hope they will make the team. It may be that they played for our favorite college team, or we just liked something we saw or heard from their past.

For a variety of reasons, here are how our writers responded to the question…

Who is Your Favorite “Dark Horse” Prospect?

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Kevin Brady ( @KevinBrady88 ) – For me, it has to be running back Darius Jackson. I did a “Film Review” series of each of the Cowboys draft picks this Spring, and Jackson was one of the most fun players to watch out of the entire draft class (read my film review of Darius Jackson). His speed, versatility, and one-cut ability give him a real chance to make a name for himself at the next level. With his recently growing support from fans and writers this past month, I’m not sure how much of a long-shot he should really be considered, but it would be quite a story if he does make the team considering the current running back situation in Dallas.

RJ Ochoa ( @RJOchoa ) – The Kellen Moore contingency is one of the strongest that we’ve ever seen hit the digital landscape, but I really like Jameill Showers. He’s in an interesting situation as his potential spot on this team isn’t only contingent on his own success, but additionally Showers will need Dak Prescott to show up. Should the rookie prove that he’s a competent backup during camp it might allow the Cowboys to kick Kellen to the curb and hang onto a versatile athlete in Jameill.

Sean Martin ( @ShoreSportsNJ ) – Undrafted FA defensive tackle Rodney Coe is going to get all the chances in the world to make this football team. The front office thought highly of him entering the draft, and considered him a “round 8” selection after not having to use a pick on him. When Maliek Collins was drafted, I had a ton of excitement about the interior depth on the Cowboys’ defensive line. Now, with Collins injured, we’ll see if the Akron product Coe can fill in.

Cowboys Headlines - Can Ed Eagan Be Cowboys Next Undrafted Gem? 1Brian Martin ( @bmart0204 ) – My favorite long-shot to make the team is wide receiver Ed Eagan out of Northwestern State. Eagan could possibly be another undrafted hidden gem for the Cowboys. I think he could give Lucky Whitehead a run for his money as the Cowboys main return specialist and he offers a little bit more as a WR as well. Keep an eye on #85 in training camp practices and preseason.

Bryson Treece ( @BrysonTreece ) – I don’t know if it would have been considered a long-shot three months ago, but I’m pulling for Darren McFadden. Three capable backs who can come in at any time and grind it out? Yes, please. But I don’t believe there is a true dark horse on this team. Lot of guys vying for a shot on defense, but none of them are particularly more or less assured than another, except the suspended players; they’re a virtual lock. Go figure.

Ian Koplowitz ( @BleedingTheStar ) – Early rumblings out of camp are that undrafted rookie wide receiver Andy Jones has been making noise. Most people are focussing on the Brice Butler and Terrance Williams battle, but from the clips I’ve seen from mini-camp live on dallascowboys.com, and some of the buzz I’ve been hearing, I’m really excited to see what the new #81 can bring to Oxnard. Could he force us to keep 6 wide outs?

Cowboys Headlines - 2016 Cowboys Camp: Favorite Dark Horse?Jess Haynie ( @CowboysAddicts ) – I’m rooting for Rod Smith, brother of Jaylon, to make the transition from running back to fullback. I love the idea of having a FB who can also do some things if they hand him the ball. As long as he can handle the blocking and special teams duties, Smith could add a wrinkle to the offense that we haven’t seen since the days of Richie Anderson.

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Here are the categories still to come this week…

Part One: Best Position Battle
Part Two: Biggest Name to be Cut
Part Three: Strongest Position
Part Four: Weakest Position
Most Likely Starting Job Change – Sat

All of this, and much more, as Inside The Star helps get you ready for another season of Dallas Cowboys football!

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1 Comment
  • George Johnson

    RJ Ochoa: Why would you want to kick Kellen Moore to the curb? Don't you like the guy? He is likely going to be a solid backup because he is an outstanding pocket passer who knows how to play. I know S Linehan doesn't think he will have to kick K Moore to the curb and the coaches have stated K Moore will make a good backup to T Romo. They haven't said that yet about Showers or Prescott so I don't think they are counting on Showers or Prescott stepping up to 2nd team QB in 2016. They want them to learn and develop as much as possible. They are counting on K Moore and have confidence in him and he will receive most of the 2nd team reps. If K Moore can't meet their standard for a 2nd team QB (unlikely) they will likely start looking outside for a veteran QB. You seem to be showing your lack of knowledge about evaluating Quarterbacks. Showers and Prescott are not ready and K Moore is very ready to step up.

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