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5 Cowboys Players Who Need to Improve in Week 2 Against Atlanta

Losing to the in Week 1 of the was no doubt a tough blow for the , especially considering the way they lost. If just a few things would've gone a little different or if a few players would've played slightly better, the outcome of the game last week could very well gone in the Cowboys favor.

With that in mind, I thought I would single out a handful of the Dallas Cowboys players who I believe need to improve in Week 2 against the . Each and every one of these players could stand to take their game to the next level and if they're capable of doing that the Cowboys as a whole will be much better for it.

Let's take a look…

S, Darian Thompson

The stat sheet may say led the Dallas Cowboys in tackles last week against the Rams, but stats can be misleading. Thompson also missed a lot of tackles and was late on several assignments in the . For the majority of his career he's been nothing more than a backup/fill in, which is exactly what he looked like Sunday night. If his game doesn't improve his days as a starter could be numbered, especially with waiting in the wings.

DT, Dontari Poe

The Dallas Cowboys signed in the in the hopes of upgrading the middle of their . If the way he played against the Los Angeles Rams last week was any indication, they may have wasted their money. He was continually pushed off the line of scrimmage last week, almost as if he was wearing rollerskates. From here on out he needs to become the space eater he was supposed to be, otherwise the Cowboys could collapse around him.

LB, Jaylon Smith

The Dallas Cowboys moved from MIKE LB to WILL LB this year and so far it looks like a questionable decision. He excelled in that role during his time at Notre Dame, but more times than not last Sunday night he looked stiff and hesitant both defending the run and pass. With the Cowboys already extremely thin at LB, Smith needs to step up his game as soon as possible. Hopefully he just needed to knock a little rust off against the Rams last week.

TE, Dalton Schultz

became the next man up and starting TE for the Dallas Cowboys last week. He's arguably more of a complete TE then , but has virtually no starting or production as of yet in the . He's under a lot of pressure to quickly become a starting caliber player, and how he performs under that pressure could factor into the offensive success the Cowboys have from here on out. There's no questioning he needs to improve his game and quickly.

RT, Terence Steele

For the Dallas Cowboys to start – an undrafted in 2020 – showed the confidence they have in him as a player. He wasn't terrible in Week 1 and probably played above expectations, but he also started to get exposed a little by the Rams towards the end of the game. Teams are going to pick up on that and attack him the same way. He will need to figure out some way to combat that this week against the Falcons, otherwise the Cowboys could be in big trouble.

Which Dallas Cowboys players do you think need to improve their game?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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