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5 Under the Radar Cowboys Players to Watch Against San Francisco

Brian Martin



Jordan Chunn

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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Jason Garrett Reminds Everyone That Kellen Moore Calls the Plays

Jess Haynie



Jason Garrett, Kellen Moore

There's a lot of blame game being played around the Dallas Cowboys right now after a demoralizing home loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Even the head coach seems to be getting in on the act as Jason Garrett went out of character and got unusually specific in explaining Kellen Moore's responsibility for play-calling.

Garrett is not known for calling people out. In fact, many fans have criticized him for not being more critical of his players. He tends to speak in vague, nebulous terms when it comes to discussing the Cowboys' weaknesses or failings after a loss.

But in a radio appearance this morning, Garrett didn't mince words on who was deciding the plays during the Cowboys' final drive.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett on @1053thefan on the two run plays late: "Kellen's calling the game. In that situation it's 2nd and 2. He felt like he had a good opportunity against a favorable box to run the ball in those situations. On each of those plays we had options beyond just the run.

Jason did try to excuse his offensive coordinator's decisions with some context, but he also made sure to clarify who was responsible for those calls. It was not very Garrett-like, and it may speak to his own growing frustration and concern over his future.

Garrett is on the final year of his contract and the Cowboys' front office has made it clear that any extension depends on the results of the 2019 season. With Dallas now dropping to 5-4 and only leading the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Philadelphia Eagles, the future is increasingly unclear.

Jason Garrett famously uses "we" and "us" terms when talking about the negatives, not wanting to assign blame to any particular player or person when things aren't going well. That he strayed from this well-established behavior today may be an anomaly, but it shouldn't be ignored.

With a tough second-half stretch coming in this 2019 schedule, Garrett may be starting to feel like a dead man walking. We'll see in the coming weeks if this leads to anymore shifts in his usual demeanor with the media.

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Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week 10 Against Vikings

Brian Martin



Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly from Week 10 Against Vikings

Well Cowboys Nation, the Dallas Cowboys let yet another winnable game slip to their grasp Sunday night after the devastating 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. By my count, that's three out of four games the Cowboys probably should have won this season. But, probably… maybe… and should have don't mean diddly squat in the NFL.

I'm not going to beat around the bush today because I would likely end up going into a long winded rant about what took place last night. So, let's go ahead and jump right into this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. As always, please feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinions and thoughts on the subject.

The Good

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Unlike in weeks past, I had absolutely no problem deciding what to go with this week for this category from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. I don't think anyone would argue that the good had to be Quarterback Dak Prescott's play and the Cowboys overall passing game. This unit was the sole reason they had a chance to win at the end.

Prescott was simply phenomenal Sunday night. He threw for 397 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception. He was on point last night and was dropping dimes all over the place. It's one of the reasons why both Amari Cooper (147 yards, 1 TD) and Randall Cobb (106, 1 TD) both went over the 100 yard mark in receiving, and Michael Gallup wasn't too far behind (76 yards, 1 TD). All in all it's an MVP caliber performance from No. 4, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to seal the victory.

The Bad

Brett Maher

Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher

I thought and thought about what I wanted to go with in this category and I'll have to admit, I had a hard time deciding. There were individual players who deserved a nomination here, but in the end I think the bad for the Dallas Cowboys was them getting off to yet another slow start against the Minnesota Vikings. Unfortunately, it's been a trend for them this season.

It all started when Jason Garrett decided to send out Kicker Brett Maher to attempt an ill-advised 57 yard field goal. Maher is capable of making such kicks, but there's a time and place to use that kind of weapon. Last night on the opening drive of the game was not one of those times. After the missed FG, the Vikings had excellent field position and scored a quick TD. Not long after they scored another TD to go up 14-0 after another stalled drive by the Cowboys offense. It's a hole they were never quite able to dig themselves out of.

The Ugly

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

Deciding what to go with here in this category was pretty easy after narrowing down what I wanted to put in the bad category. I think the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings was their defensive play. In all honesty, it was absolutely sickening to watch the Vikings have their way with the Cowboys defense. Dallas has far too much talent on that side of the ball to be manhandled like they were.

The tackling was atrocious and so was the execution. I'm pretty sure the game plan was to neutralize Dalvin Cook the way they did Saquon Barkley in Week 9, but the league's leading rusher (Cook) would have none of that. He pretty much did what he wanted. He ran through arm tackles and had room to run, whether it was as a rusher or receiver. It looked a lot like what Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones did to the Cowboys in Week 5. It was completely inexcusable and unacceptable!

What is your good, bad, and ugly from the Dallas Cowboys Week 10 matchup?

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Randall Cobb has Breakout Game in Tough Loss vs Vikings

Matthew Lenix



Randall Cobb has Breakout Game in Tough Loss vs Vikings

When NFL free agency began this past March the Dallas Cowboys spent the month making several additions to their roster. Veterans George Iloka (only one not currently on the roster), Kerry Hyder, Christian Covington, and Robert Quinn were added to help on the defensive side of the ball.

Offensively, there was a huge hole to fill when Wide Receiver Cole Beasley signed a four-year 29 million dollar deal to play for the Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys would then sign Randall Cobb about a week later to a one-year deal. The seasoned pro was brought in as an upgrade over Beasley in the slot to compliment Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Also, with his unique ability to play on the outside as well, it would allow Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore to present different looks for opposing defenses.

In his first seven games of the season, Cobb struggled to find his place within this offense. He produced 25 receptions for 274 yards, with his lone touchdown coming in the season opener vs the New York Giants. He had four or fewer receptions five times and his most productive game only produced 69 yards. However, last night against the Minnesota Vikings was a glimpse of how productive Cobb can be in this system.

Cobb finished with six receptions for 106 yards Sunday night. This was his first 100-yard game since Week 1 in 2018. Four of his catches went for 20 yards or more, five went for first downs and he scored his second touchdown of the season. Dak Prescott showed supreme confidence in looking for Cobb on crucial third-down situations.

That's exactly what Cobb can do for this offense. He provides another reliable threat in the Cowboys aerial assault. When Cobb plays at a high level it will only free up Cooper and Gallup to wreak havoc on the outside.

Last night's game was a perfect example of this. Cooper had 11 receptions for 147 yards and Gallup added four catches for 76 yards, each scoring touchdowns. It doesn't allow a defense to lock in on one receiver and take them completely out of the game.

Cobb playing well also has an impact on the running game. The better he plays the more defenses will have to focus on stopping himself, Cooper, and Gallup. What does that do? The Cowboys won't face as many eight or nine-man fronts which will give All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott the opportunity to wear down opposing defenses by playing ball control, which is the Cowboys bread and butter.

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come from Cobb as the playoff push heats up. If he can continue to build chemistry with Prescott it will only improve one of the NFL's best passing offenses while simultaneously increasing Elliott's ability to be effective by taking extra defenders away from the box. Will Cobb make this a regular occurrence for the rest of the season? Only time will tell.

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