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Cowboys Hard Knocks: “Some People Never Play Football Again”

The roster cutdown ahead of their season opener in Tampa Bay was mostly uneventful, with the team creating space via and the COVID list. This didn't stop Tuesday night's  from building up drama for players that didn't make the cut following the finale against the Jaguars.

As coach Aden Durde told his players in the show's open, “some people never play football after this”. This rang true for players that got plenty of air time like RB , OT Isaac Alarcon, and QB .

All three offensive players were featured on last week's episode as well. Hardy's situation became the most interesting to follow after RB was placed on IR, creating an opportunity for Hardy to stick as Dallas' RB3. Hardy saw nine carries for 26 yards against the Jaguars.

The Cowboys opted for just and on their final roster at RB, as well as behind at QB2. Hardy, DiNucci, and Alarcon were all waived. Elsewhere around the league Tuesday, quarterbacks like and being released sparked interest from .

It's important to note the impact of COVID on with the regular season looming, as Hard Knocks revealed what life was like for the Cowboys going virtual again after and 's positive tests.

Even when the players returned to the building, they were separated for meetings. This didn't stop Joe Whitt from giving a passionate speech about effort on , something veteran LB complimented him for on the practice field. Whitt called the defensive plays for the Cowboys against Jacksonville.

coordinator Josh Fassel was not as big a fan of the Cowboys meeting via Zoom instead of in person.

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The Cowboys fourth preseason game played as expected when the Jaguars put out first and second team starters against Dallas' reserves. The 34-14 win for the road team didn't give Hard Knocks much to work with, though continuing to show the family connection in the stands for Alarcon and DE Azur Kamara was a highlight.

Kamara is still on the Cowboys roster, though the team will need space to return DTs and later to the active roster.

A lighthearted moment in this week's Hard Knocks came from the Cowboys QB room. After showing the QBs competing to throw the ball against a pylon, Dak Prescott pitched his “Prescott Pylon Game” and a new nickname emerged. For those still awaiting their drafts, episode four of Hard Knocks may have inspired a new team name for .

The season 16 finale of Hard Knocks airs on September 7th at 6:10 PM CT. This will be the last inside look HBO has on the 2021 Cowboys before they take the field for real two days later. Many starters that did not see a snap this preseason, or much time on camera, will be on the field when the Cowboys kickoff at the defending champions.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Hard knocks is pathetic! It turns players and coaches into idiots ! I guess they all have acting careers in mind later on! Just play the damned game and quit letting hbo make you into fools!

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