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ARI 27, DAL 3: Randy Gregory Rocks, Backups Get Rolled

There isn't much good to talk about from the 27-3 loss to the in their third game.

The best thing you can say is that it is indeed preseason. Also, unlike most “dress rehearsal” games, Dallas didn't play their starting , , two-thirds of the , and several other key players.

It was mostly the Cowboys backups who had to contend with Arizona's starters for the first part of the game, and that ongoing mismatch led to eight turnovers and a lopsided score.

But let's focus on the positive. His name is .

The Cowboys returning had an early sack and several other pressures while going up against Arizona's starting left D.J. Humphries. Coincidentally, Humphries was a first-round pick in the same 2015 draft class that Gregory was part of.

Randy looked dangerous, and the thought of what he could bring to the Cowboys playing across from is very exciting.

I hope that made you feel good, because little else from tonight's game could have.

Other Notes

  • was given a tough task, playing with mostly reserves against the Cardinals first-. It led to two interceptions and an otherwise uninspiring performance. It would be unfair, though, to judge him given the circumstances.
  • was better in the second, partially due to playing against easier competition. But it was easily his best play so far in the preseason with some sharp passes in tight windows. He did have a pick, but otherwise went 17/22 for 157 yards.
  • It was a rough night for bubble player , who had two muffed punts and no offensive contribution. The receiver may have just made it a lot easier to land on the .
  • had to leave the game with an upper arm but it doesn't appear to be serious. Losing him could have been devastating to the already thin position.
  • Linebackers and continue to impress, creating a lot of confidence in the depth Dallas now has there.
  • Again, just there isn't much good to say from this one. Dallas was outmatched early with the talent disparity and the second half was just typical preseason sloppiness. Thankfully, Thursday night's game in Houston should be more even.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Great looking defense. Get a top-notch safety and it is a top-5 defense for sure. Superbowl caliber.

The Garrett offensive “system” continues to suck, as it has for more than a decade. For those of you making excuses for the offense or for the moron himself, you are contributing to the problem. (Hint: the problem was, is, and will always be Garrett).


Garrett is living off of that 2007 Playoff Team of a Really Good Romo, Bad Ass Witten, T.O, and Decent Defense. Wade Phillips could have coached that Team…Oh Wait

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