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Cowboys Training Camp: 5 Most Intriguing Players to Watch

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Cowboys Training Camp: 5 Most Intriguing Players to Watch

There is certainly no shortage of players to watch this year at the Dallas Cowboys training camp, but some are more intriguing than others. Today, I want to share with you five players in particular I will be keeping a close eye on.

All five of these players really have an undefined role right now, but they could all make a huge impact on the Cowboys 2018 season. I also tried to stray away from picking the obvious players. Everyone will surely be watching the Cowboys 2018 draft class, and rightfully so, but I wanted to shine the light on a few others who I personally find a little more intriguing.

Continue reading below to see the five most intriguing players I will be watching at this year's Dallas Cowboys training camp.

DE, Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory

Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

The Dallas Cowboys recently reinstated Defensive End is arguably the most intriguing player at this year's training camp. No one really knows what to expect when he is able to finally put the pads back on considering all the time he's been away from the game while serving his suspensions, but his talent is undeniable.

It will be really interesting to find out what kind of shape Gregory is in. Has he been able to put in the time in the weight room during his time away? How is his conditioning? Can he earn a defensive role in 2018, maybe challenge for the starting job? All of these unanswered questions is why I personally believe he might just be the most intriguing Cowboys player to watch throughout training camp and in preseason games.

WR/RB, Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin

Dallas Cowboys RB/WR Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin is another one of the Dallas Cowboys players who I find most intriguing heading into training camp. It's not often the Cowboys trade for a player, but that's exactly what they did to acquire the diminutive weapon.

I for one will be watching how the Cowboys plan to utilize Austin. Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan has already described Austin as a "web-back", but nobody really knows what that is. Austin will probably be utilized as both a running back and wide receiver on offense, but will likely see time as a return specialist as well.

I believe Austin can be a really good weapon if utilized correctly in 2018. But, "if used correctly" is the key here. Linehan hasn't been able to utilize the weapons at his disposal to the best of their abilities in the past in my opinion. Hopefully that changes this year.

TE, Blake Jarwin

Blake Jarwin

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (Kevin Terrell via AP)

You can pretty much pick any Tight End on the Dallas Cowboys roster to watch throughout training camp, but for me I'm going to be paying extra close attention to Blake Jarwin. He has already supposedly caught the attention of the Cowboys coaching staff during earlier offseason practices, so I expect that to carry over into training camp and preseason.

I fully understand it's a huge jump to go from Undrafted Free Agent (UFA) to potential starter, but from everything I hear about Jarwin, he may be able to do just that. Of course, he's going to have to outshine the other TEs on the Cowboys roster. But, that's why I find him to be one of the most intriguing players to watch.

DT, Jihad Ward

Jihad Ward

Dallas Cowboys DT Jihad Ward

Like Tavon Austin, Jihad Ward is another player the Dallas Cowboys decided to trade for earlier this offseason. But unlike Austin, Ward isn't receiving the same kind of fanfare, but probably should be. Ward could end up being the more important of the two acquisitions when all is said and done.

Jihad Ward is another player who has been spoken pretty highly of by the coaching staff and his teammates already since joining the Cowboys. He is likely going to step in as a starting 3-technique for David Irving while he once again misses the first four games of the season while serving his suspension. I'm personally looking forward to seeing how he performs against Zack Martin and the rest of the Cowboys talented OL in training camp.

S, Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys S Xavier Woods

Out of all of the players going to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys, I think I'm most excited to see how Xavier Woods looks now that he is expected to be in the running as a potential starting safety. I think his potential is one of the reasons the Cowboys haven't added another veteran safety (Earl Thomas), but that could all change if they don't like what they see from the young defensive back.

Personally, I'm willing to roll the dice on Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath as the starting safeties heading into the 2018 season, with Kavon Frazier substituting in in certain situations. I think Woods for one showed enough promise last season get the benefit of the doubt, especially since he should be even better with a year the system and an offseason in the Cowboys strength and conditioning program.

Which players do you find the most intriguing to watch at the Dallas Cowboys training camp?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  • Russ_Te

    Important to know for Woods is that it is year 2, and it’s possible
    he won’t look like a FS starter yet. But unless the trade is made for
    Earl Thomas, I expect Woods to rise to that level during the year and be
    a play maker down the stretch. Just as interesting is SS. Can Frazier
    take over? The door should be open if he can. Heath has done an amazing
    job hanging on the bottom of the roster, for years on end… ;^)

    And after being average at best at FS, some pressure is on Byron Jones to
    make the transition to CB and be good there. He has the talent for it.
    Another interesting camp situation to watch.

    If the Cowboys come out of the minefield with Gregory, and when Irving gets
    back and assuming Lawrence is healthy, that pass rush is going to be
    gigantic for the fledgling secondary. They’ll look a lot better when the
    opposing QB is running for his life.

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CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss

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Dak Prescott, Bengals

The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.

Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.

Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.

The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.

Other Notes

  • There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
  • Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
  • Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
  • Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
  • We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
  • Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
  • Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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#DALvsCIN: Can WR Lance Lenoir Continue To Impress?

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Lance Lenoir

Entering training camp projecting who would make the final roster from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiving room was a crapshoot. The combination of misfits from other teams, unproven young guys, and a couple of Cowboys veterans makes this position group the most questioned across the entire roster.

But while Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup were stealing headlines, Lance Lenoir was making a name for himself among the Cowboys faithful.

After serving on the practice squad for the Cowboys a year ago, Lenoir seems to have entered 2018 with one goal in mind: to make the official game-day roster. And even if he falls short of this goal, it won't be due to any fault of his own.

Day in and day out Lance Lenoir has been a consistent wide out, catching nearly everything thrown his way and running some of the crisper routes on the team. Under new receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Lenoir has become a technical route runner and dangerous receiving threat.

Maybe most importantly for his future with the team, Lenoir has developed an obvious chemistry with starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has continued to compliment Lenoir throughout training camp, and you know that the Cowboys front office is well aware of Prescott's trust in Lenoir on the field.

During the preseason opener against the 49ers, Lance Lenoir caught his first touchdown of the season, dazzling with his toe-tap ability. If he is going to steal a roster spot away from one of the more seasoned wide outs, however, he will have to remain that consistent target.

This Saturday, Lenoir gets another shot to prove why he's not only deserving of a roster spot, but of a starting spot. Sure, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if he continues to play like he has during camp and preseason, Lenoir could find himself working with the 1's more frequently.

Look out for Lance Lenoir against the Bengals this week, as he makes it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him by the second.



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Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Tavon Austin, Cowboys Best Playmaker Not Named Ezekiel Elliott?

Cada vez más cerca de la verdadera acción en la NFL, tuvimos una oportunidad de ver a los Dallas Cowboys en el campo contra los San Francisco 49ers hace una semana. Francamente, a pesar de perder la ventaja en los últimos segundos del partido, la actuación del equipo dio una muy buena señal a los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria.

Todavía quedan tres partidos por jugar, empezando por el enfrentamiento contra los Cincinnati Bengals este sábado. Hay muchas cosas que ver de parte de los Dallas Cowboys y quizá algunas de ellas las veamos este mismo fin de semana.

Una de las cosas más interesantes esta semana fue la conversación de los wide receivers (receptores abiertos). Lance Lenoir se ha mostrado como un candidato real al roster de 53 jugadores, pero esa es sólo una pequeña fracción de la conversación de receptores.

Hay muchos receptores de que hablar, y el día de hoy, eso haremos en Cowboys en Español.

¿Cole Beasley es realmente el receptor #1?

A lo largo de todo el offseason, se ha manejado la narrativa de que "los Cowboys no tienen un buen WR." A pesar de que Dez Bryant es un nombre difícil de olvidar, esta aseveración sobre los receptores en Dallas me parece errónea.

Si bien es cierto que Bryant es uno de los mejores WRs en la historia de los Cowboys, también es cierto que Jason Garrett y compañía tienen un mejor grupo de lo que la afición considera. Si somos sinceros, un trío titular de Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley y Michael Gallup no suena mal.

La pregunta será: ¿quién es el #1? Comentarios de Dak Prescott han hecho referencia a Cole Beasley como el dueño de dicho rol. ¿Realmente puede fungir como el receptor líder del equipo siendo un jugador de 1.73 metros?

Se ha hablado mucho de Beasley jugando fuera de los números e intentando vencer a los defensivos por fuera. Es intrigante, pero sin duda un poco difícil de creer.

Tavon Austin: ¿Es un arma más importante de lo que creemos?

Los Cowboys dejaron ir a Ryan Switzer y obtuvieron a su aparente remplazo con el ex-WR de los Rams por una selección de sexta ronda. Tavon Austin ha tenido un viaje extraño con el equipo. Fue listado en el roster como un corredor pero utilizado como un receptor.

Lleva poco tiempo en Dallas pero ha sorprendido en training camp y ha sido utilizado como más de lo que esperábamos. Desde que llegó al equipo, empezamos a compararlo con Lucky Whitehead y Ryan Switzer. Ambos talentosos, pero destinados a ser un jugador "gadget" que fueron utilizados casi exclusivamente en jugadas "en movimiento" o los famosos "jet sweeps."

Pero Austin puede ser más que eso y lo ha demostrado en training camp. No parece que Tavon vaya a tener el mismo destino que Switzer, sino que tendrá un rol mucho más involucrado en la ofensiva constantemente. Bien puede ser un factor sorpresa para la ofensiva en Dallas.

¿Puede Terrance Williams perder su trabajo?

A pesar de que el coraje puede llevar a los aficionados a criticar a Terrance Williams un poco más de lo que merece, la verdad es que Williams está en riesgo de ser cortado por los Cowboys antes de que inicie la temporada en septiembre.

Es uno de los WRs con más experiencia, sí. Pero durante su estadía en Dallas, cada vez que Dez Bryant ha caído lesionado, Williams ha tenido la oportunidad de surgir como un receptor #1 capaz y preparado. Y nunca lo ha logrado.

Con un roster lleno de talentos jóvenes como el de Lance Lenoir y Noah Brown, es probable que la administración y los coaches opten por el potencial joven en vez de Williams, quien ha tenido problemas para demostrar que puede ser un jugador constante.

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Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que conseguir que su ofensiva sobreviva las pérdidas de Jason Witten y Dez Bryant y tendrán que comenzar en la posición de WR. A pesar de que Williams esté en el equipo, Cole Beasley será el único en repetir titularidad del año pasado en Dallas esta temporada.

Dak Prescott tendrá un rol enorme cuando la ofensiva trate de emprender su marcha y definitivamente será responsable del éxito de esta. Es ahora o nunca para Dak.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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