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    DAL 27, SEA 26: Cowboys Roster Takes Shape in Preseason Finale

    The Cowboys improved to 2-1 this with a home win, edging the Seattle Seahawks 27-26 in their final preliminary game. But the real story tonight came from seeing who played and who didn't as Dallas' 2022 roster continued taking shape before our eyes.

    Some players who didn't really need to stand out anymore still shined. Safeties Israel Mukuamu and , already pegged to make the , each had interceptions. We also continued to see the potential from young prospects like DE , LB , and CB .

    Some things we learned by who didn't suit up at all, or who we only saw briefly. QB started the game and only played one drive before Will Grier entered. It seemed a symbolic gesture indicating that Rush is still the primary backup for now.

    Grier started slow but improved over time, eventually throwing touchdown passes to receivers and Brandon Smith to help Dallas take the lead.Will finished with 88 yards passing and 26 rushing, showing his scrambling ability several times, in a solid showing despite the Cowboys' woes.

    The battle for the third running back spot appears to have been won by , who was a healthy scratch tonight. still showed some good things with tough running in limited space and also impressed with his touches. Unfortunately, Shampklin appeared to suffer a significant lower-leg near the end of the game.

    Brett Maher got several chances to earn trust with three field-goal attempts and three extra points. He connected on all but one field goal, a 61-yard attempt that appeared to have the distance but went a little left.

    Perhaps no one player was talked about more than OT Josh Ball, which is hardly what you want from an offensive lineman. Ball faced heavy scrutiny from the local broadcast team tonight but held up better in pass protection than we saw in Denver or Los Angeles.

    Still, the story of 's injury hung over this game and remains the biggest question as the Cowboys finalize their plans for the regular season. sat out tonight with the starters, suggesting his role for Week One, but even that prospect comes with reasonable anxiety.

    Dallas now has until Tuesday's deadline to reduce the roster to 53 players. Tonight ended on a high note for most, but the next few days are going to be tough for about a third of the guys who enjoyed it.

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    Devin Harper has impressed me through all three games. I’d keep him over guys like Gifford or Jefferson if they go 5 or 6 deep at LB. Jefferson runs himself out of position a lot. Storey Jackson earned a spot on the PS.

    I’m not sure I’d keep Kelvin Joseph or Nahshon Wright on the 53. Yeah, Wright had a nice INT and a couple passes defensed tonight, but he also had several bad plays again as well. I’d keep him over KJ, but I thought Quandre Mosely was playing better than both of them. Still scratching my head why they cut him instead of Isaac Taylor-Stuart, who was bad again before getting hurt.

    Hendershot is a tough call. They seem to have protected McKeon this game. So, do they really want to carry 4 TE’s, using a couple of them as H-Backs on occasion? Or, do they try to sneak Hendershot onto the PS, so they can help him improve his blocking, which was pretty bad again?

    Grier really didn’t show he was head and shoulders above Rush in either of the last two games. Better, yes, but not by a lot. Yeah, we can blame it on the patchwork line, but his passes weren’t that great even when he had time. DiNucci actually looked better than both of them throughout the games. Yeah, he was playing against lower level competition. But, he was also playing behind an even worse line and throwing to lower level receivers. He’s still a gambler, but that also means he isn’t afraid to let it rip, instead of constantly holding the ball too long.

    Tolbert is really starting to worry me. Yeah, yeah, he’s a rookie. But, he’s being outplayed by Brandon Smith and Dennis Houston. Simi Fehoko is also worrisome. Lots of meh and bad plays, but then will pull a nice one out every once in a while. I really hope Gallup makes it back much sooner than later. I was ready to write Washington off, but we may need him as well unless Tolbert or Fehoko can get themselves straightened out.

    Waletzko didn’t look much better than Ball out there, even against bottom of the roster competition. Ball showed he’s still not a viable LT. Yeah, he had some ok plays, but he had some really bad ones as well. They really need to bring somebody in at LT or Dak’s going to end up running for his life or shell shocked like he was against Atlanta a few years ago.

    Mika Tafua continued to impress me. I think he’s a shoo-in for the PS. I didn’t notice Basham out there, so I guess they were protecting him. Or, maybe it was just because he wasn’t jumping offsides. Ridgeway didn’t have a very good game. I’m beginning to wonder if they try stashing him on the PS for a season? Sam Williams still needs a lot of work, as he’s still making dumb mistakes. But, at least he tried some different moves this week instead of just “speed rush outside and past the QB” over and over again.


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