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    Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

    With only two games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where , , and appear to have the locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the and probably won't play against the tonight.

    Enter Marcus Lucas.

    Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

    In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

    Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the and was released and placed on the . In 2015, he was on the and practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the , , , the Seattle Seahawks again, and the . He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.

    At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

    It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

    At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the “next man up” as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas or another around the league take notice.

    Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

    They say “preseason games don't matter,” but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.

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    John Williams
    John Williamshttps://anchor.fm/inside-the-cowboys
    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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