Cowboys Vs Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch

    Even without , all eyes are going to be on the ' tomorrow night at home against the Dolphins. will get the start, Dak Presgoatcott and will back him up, and the likes of and will make plays all over the field along with unproven players like and .

    However, 's defense, which forced two turnovers in their preseason opener, will be looking to answer a lot of questions spurred from , lack of depth, or a plethora of depth at various positions.

    Here are just a few players that I will be keeping my eye on defensively.

    Morris Claiborne

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to WatchStaying healthy has always been an issue for , but the talented corner on a one year deal for 2016 finally has some health and confidence entering the season – where he projects to be Dallas' top outside corner based on his 2015 performance.

    Claiborne has been in some heated competitions with Dez Bryant all throughout training camp, and #24 has shown an to him that Cowboys' fans have welcomed since his selection in the 2012 .

    Morris Claiborne will be looking to further his progress towards a great 2016 campaign by putting out a good performance in front of his home fans. If he's able to do so, it would be especially impressive considering the depleted defensive line the Cowboys will likely find themselves playing with throughout this game.

    Byron Jones

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 1Sticking in the Dallas , any game that presents a further chance for Byron Jones to focus on his new craft at is very important to the second-year cornerstone.

    Jones will be expected to be a big part of the puzzle the Cowboys need to solve when it comes to forcing turnovers, something they failed at miserably a season ago.

    Keep a steady eye on #31 back there at all times.

    Jack Crawford

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 2Where the Cowboys potentially lack at , they'll hope to make up for with a steady rotation of versatile defensive tackles in the middle of their four-man front. flashed at the 3T spot a week ago in Los Angeles, while possessing the ability to provide some push as a rush end.

    With David Irving now banged up, Crawford may see more snaps at both positions, and needs to find a way to continue to be disruptive.

    Ryan Russell

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 3If there was one player that clearly disappointed me in the preseason opener, it was second-year defensive end Ryan Russell.  After showing some major improvements through camp, Russell looked lost when it came to reading his blocks and getting up the field with pass rush moves.

    With another week of practice under his belt, can only hope that Russell is ready to show some steady improvement and roll into the September 11th opener as a contender to fill the LDE spot voided by and his four game .

    Mark Nzeocha

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 4A defender that did not underwhelm in his preseason debut was LB Mark Nzeocha, who flew around the field making tackles while intercepting a pass. The Cowboys have a ton of bodies at , but not a lot of definitive answers when it comes to who lines up where.

    Let's keep an eye on where Nzeocha plays the best through his first two games, and how he will fall into place with the rest of the linebackers and their development.

    Damien Wilson

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 5Speaking of linebacker development, 2015 training camp star has returned from his paintball accident to put his name back in contention at both WILL and MIKE linebacker. and are the presumed locks to start at those positions, but Wilson can certainly find his way onto the field with a strong showing in whatever action he sees tomorrow.

    Look for Wilson to hopefully play aggressively and be able to burst and react to the ball in coverage and in .

    Rodney Coe

    Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys vs. Dolphins: Key Defensive Players to Watch 6We've already mentioned the depth and play making ability the Cowboys have across the board at , which has made it hard for the less-athletic UDFA out of Akron – Rodney Coe – to impress these coaches.

    Viewed as a priority , Coe just has not been able to replicate any of the explosiveness he showed off as a college player. With doing the exact opposite and bursting off the football in his Dallas debut last week, Coe is running out of chances to make a lasting impact.

    Who are YOU excited about watching on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys tomorrow night? Let us know! Comment below to discuss any of these players and more, or email me at

    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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