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5 Under the Radar Cowboys Players to Watch Against San Francisco

Brian Martin

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There'll be no shortage of things to watch when the Dallas Cowboys take on the San Francisco 49ers in their first preseason game of the 2019 season. This game will mostly played by the backups, but it's still an exciting time nonetheless. Football is finally back!

Since the first couple weeks of preseason are mostly designed to evaluate the backup and roster bubble guys, I thought I'd go ahead and share with all of you some of the under the radar Dallas Cowboys players to watch against the 49ers.

Below are the five players I think have a chance to emerge from the shadows with a strong outing in San Francisco.

#46 Jordan Chunn, RB

Jordan Chunn

Dallas Cowboys RB Jordan Chunn

While all eyes have been on Tony Pollard, Mike Weber, Darius Jackson, and even Alfred Morris during Ezekiel Elliott's absence, Dallas Cowboys Running Back Jordan Chunn has been quietly putting together a solid training camp for himself. Chunn spent all of last season on the Cowboys practice squad, but is looking to make a jump to the active roster this season. The second-year RB has his work cut out for him and is still a long shot to make the final 53-man roster, but he's definitely not somebody to forget about in Dallas' backfield.


#64 Daniel Wise, DT

Daniel Wise

Dallas Cowboys DT Daniel Wise

Daniel Wise is one of the undrafted free agents the Dallas Cowboys signed after the completion of the 2019 NFL Draft who are trying to make this year's team. It's not always easy for a UFA to get enough repetitions or playing time in practice to stand out, but so far he's doing just and is starting to turn a few heads with his play. He's still flying a little bit under the radar and will need a strong performance in preseason, but he has the makings to become yet another versatile defensive lineman for the Cowboys. They have him playing a little at defensive end and defensive tackle already.

#37 Donovan Wilson, S

Donovan Wilson

Dallas Cowboys S Donovan Wilson

Surprisingly, Safety Donovan Wilson is the only drafted player I have on this list. But as a sixth-round pick there are no guarantees he is a lock to make the Dallas Cowboys 2019 roster. Having said that though, he is someone who is doing everything within his power to stand out amongst the Cowboys current stock of safeties. Every time his name comes up it's in a positive way and it's definitely not going unnoticed. I don't believe he's a real threat to start opposite Xavier Woods just yet, but he's not completely out of the running either. A strong showing in preseason could change that though.

#57 Luke Gifford, LB

Luke Gifford

Dallas Cowboys LB Luke Gifford

The Dallas Cowboys are pretty set with their top four linebackers in Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee, and Joe Thomas, but the depth behind them is completely up in the air. Somebody needs to step up due to Sean Lee's inability to stay healthy and I believe that person could be Luke Gifford. He was turning a few heads in OTAs, but has since kind of cooled off in training camp. I think with a strong showing in preseason he could put himself into position to become the primary backup at strong side linebacker behind No. 50, but he has his work cut out for it.

Cowboys Young WRs

Jalen Guyton

Dallas Cowboys WR Jalen Guyton

I decided to cheat a little here because I couldn't choose between three of the Dallas Cowboys young wide receivers who are all showing up a little in training camp. Jalen Guyton (#83), Jon'Vea Johnson (#81) and Reggie Davis (#11) have all made some pretty impressive plays up to this point in practice. None of them have been able to distance themselves from one another, but all are still in the running to make the 53-man roster. If they can show some kind of consistency this week against the San Francisco 49ers and continue to carry that over until cut day, they could find themselves on the Cowboys 2019 roster.

Will you be watching any of these under the radar Dallas Cowboys players?


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Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Taco Charlton might be turning things around. The former first round draft pick didn't have a great couple of seasons to start his career off, which forced him to be in a battle to earn a spot on the Cowboys 53-man roster this offseason. Three weeks into the preseason, it looks like he's a lock to make the team. In a "Dress Rehearsal" game that went great for the Cowboys, Charlton's performance was among the best players.

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how the Cowboys' younger defensive ends could force the team to move on from Taco. From Dorance Armstrong to Jalen Jelks, there's a handful of promising players that were participating in a positional battle that one way or another, included Taco Charlton.

However, the Michigan product showed up to play versus the Los Angeles Rams with two passes batted down. Despite making such plays, we still hadn't seen much from him in the pass rush department.

Taco Charlton

That changed against the Houston Texans last Saturday when he managed to get two sacks (one strip-sack), two forced fumbles and a recovery. This was undoubtedly Taco's best game in his career. He still has a lot to prove, but it was definitely good to see him have a "breakout" preseason game.


With such performance, it doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere in 2019. Charlton won't be a starter for this team, but he could become a very important rotational piece for Rod Marinelli's defense. He has a great opportunity to find playing time during the first two weeks of the season before Robert Quinn returns from suspension.

One unfortunate note was that in his best game yet, Taco went out injured twice (ankle). The first time he went back to the field to get some more but had to walk off the field for a second time. Hopefully, he's able to play next Thursday but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't after having a breakout game versus the Texans.

Taco Charlton still has a very long way to justify being a first-round pick, but his play against Houston was a start. It will be very interesting to see how he plays in the 2019 regular season. He'll have to fight for playing time and he'll have to make every snap count to turn his career around.

Tell me what you think about "Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game

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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game 1

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have scripted a better result in tonight's dress rehearsal game against the Houston Texans. All three phases of the game made big plays as they dominated 34 to 0.

The night belonged to the defense as they terrorized Houston's starters and reserves along the offensive line with 8 sacks. Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick turned outcast was the star of the night with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In my opinion, if there were any doubts about him making the roster he put them to bed tonight.

Kerry Hyder showed once again why he's one of the smartest free-agent signings of 2019. After being a lost man in the 3-4 defensive scheme with his former team the Lions, he's done a really good job applying pressure even though he hadn't recorded any sacks in the first two preseason games. However, tonight he recorded 2 sacks and reminded everyone of the player who had 8 sacks in 2016.

The young guys weren't to be left out in this defensive clinic. Dorance Armstrong, Trysten Hill, Daniel Wise, and Joe Jackson all had half sacks. Rookie Safety Donovan Wilson had one of the plays of the night with a beautiful interception as he tapped both feet before heading out of bounds. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who will probably make the roster on his special teams ability, got in on the interception party himself high pointing a contested pass.

Dak Prescott was only 2 for 5 (11 for 14 in the preseason) but managed to escape what looked like a sure sack and roll to his left and threw a rope to Michael Gallup for a touchdown. The two have shown a lot of growth and chemistry during training camp, something that was missing at times in 2018.


Wide Receiver Devin Smith had 6 receptions for 79 yards while Cedrick Wilson snagged 3 passes on 4 targets. Both receivers are fighting for the final roster spots in the receiver group which they'll have to continue to do next week against the Buccaneers.

Tight End Marcus Lucas had a very solid game with 4 catches for 50 yards. He will definitely be a player to watch in the final preseason game before final cuts are made. Cooper Rush went 15 for 25 and further solidified his position as the primary backup to Prescott. Mike White was also solid going 6 for 9 and tossing a touchdown.

Special teams got in on the action themselves when Linebacker Joe Thomas recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Now the Cowboys have only one more preseason game before the 2019 season begins. All that's left now is figuring out the last few roster spots and staying as healthy as possible. September 8th is right around the corner.


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Cowboys Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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In the NFL, the third preseason week is often referred to as the "Dress Rehearsal." It's usually the week in which starters get the most playing time. That has changed lately, with plenty of teams deciding to take care of their key players instead of risking them on the field. However, the Dallas Cowboys have played their starters on their first two games and there's no reason to believe that will change versus the Texans today.

Here is my wishlist for the Cowboys vs Texans "Dress Rehearsal!" Let me know what your wishes for tonight's game are in the comments section below or tweet me @MauNFL!

Wish #1: Justin Phillips Locks Up a Roster Spot

Phillips has been one of the most surprising players this offseason and preseason. The Cowboys are set at linebacker, but Phillips has made sure to be a tough guy to cut. Last week, he had a remarkable interception against the Rams. Despite making a first step toward the line, he managed to adjust and made the play. He has followed it up with more plays in practice.

If he keeps it up, the Cowboys won't be able to cut him. He has the potential to be a force on special teams and a quality backup.

Can WR Devin Smith Sneak Onto the Dallas Cowboys 53-Man Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Smith (AP Photo / Josie Lepe)

Wish #2: Devin Smith Makes Things Interesting

The battle for the final wide receiver spots is at full-go. Devin Smith has shined lately, and has risen as a serious candidate to make the roster. However, it seems like other wide receivers have the upper-hand as of now. Earlier this week, I made my Cowboys WR Power Rankings and had Devin Smith at #7.


His TD catch versus the Rams last week was pretty impressive, and I wish he makes a few more plays to make the debate all the more interesting.

Wish #3: Tony Pollard Does It Again

Fifth-round rookie Tony Pollard stole was the show last weekend as he racked up 51 total yards (five carries, one catch) and a touchdown on Dallas' first offensive drive. He looked impressive as the starting running back, giving us just what we wanted to see.

While many have advertised him as a gadget player, Pollard proved he can actually be a "standard" RB. He ran between the tackles, showed power, balance and great vision. I'm ready to watch it again, this time versus the Texans.

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Wish #4: Taco Charlton Shines Rushing The Passer

Taco Charlton has made a couple of plays in preseason on his third year with the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Rams, he batted down two passes and looked good separating from opposing offensive linemen. Charlton has gotten praise from some analysts during these first two preseason weeks.

But I want to watch some quality pass rush from his part. Right now, the Cowboys' roster counts with some promising players, including rookies Jalen Jelks and Joe Jackson. While they're currently below Taco, he must prove he belongs on the roster.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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