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    Hall of Fame Game: Players to Watch in Cowboys-Steelers Matchup

    The wait for NFL Football is now officially over as we can all breathe after a 6-month . gives fans a glimpse of what could be in store for for the upcoming regular season.

    The  kick off their season as they face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Game on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. This game will not only give the rookies and from this offseason a chance at real game action but also last year's draft picks who did not have the luxury of playing in the preseason to showcase what they can do in their sophomore seasons.

    We will discuss a few Cowboys players to be on the lookout for on Thursday night.

    Micah Parsons

    First-round draft selection Micah Parsons has been a sponge throughout training camp as the Cowboys' staff has been throwing everything they can at the . Parsons so far has been the player that Dallas envisioned when they drafted him as his speed and aggressiveness have been on display, which excites Cowboys fans for this season.

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    Even though Parsons has taken snaps at all three linebacker spots as well as on the , I believe he will be on the field as the starting Mike where he can be free to roam and use his speed to chase and .

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    At this moment, we do not know how many snaps Parsons will play in Thursday's game, but it will be good to witness how he will fit into 's .

    Maurice Canady

    The most surprising player so far at camp has been veteran  Maurice Canady who was an opt-out for the . Canady has been a ball hawk as he snagged in 4 interceptions (two pick-sixes) which has given the Cowboys another playmaker at the very young cornerback position. 

    Due to Canady's play in camp, he most likely will secure a spot as a slot corner if he can keep up the trend in the and during the preseason. Canady is entering his sixth NFL season and he could be valuable to a alongside , , and newly-signed .

    For a Cowboys secondary that struggled for most of the 2020 season, Canady could step into a role and contribute to a defense desperate for playmakers.

    Kelvin Joseph

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    Second-round draft pick Kelvin Joseph has come on these last couple of camp practices and displayed the great athleticism draft experts raved about. Fans and critics worried early about Joseph when he was absent from OTA's and minicamps when he was diagnosed with Covid symptoms, but he has been making plays all through camp.

    Joseph will get his share of playing time on Thursday as he is slated to start as the 2nd cornerback opposite of Diggs and may get a few snaps in the slot if needed. It will be intriguing to see how well Joseph can match up again some of the Steelers' receivers after calling the Cowboys' secondary “Airplane Mode” when they picked off the Cowboys' six times in practice.

    “We're gonna fly around. No-fly zone. We're gonna call it airplane mode. When y'all drop this , tell them, ‘Cowboys defense,' Kelvin Joseph says, ‘airplane mode.' You can't throw. No-fly zone.”

    Now that Joseph has given the Cowboys secondary a boost of confidence, he will also get to prove on the field that he can back up his words.

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    Alec Cash
    Alec Cash
    I am a 24-year-old Cowbys Content Creator with exceptional skills in Published Writing, Public Speaking and Podcasting. Sports Writer Covering the Dallas Cowboys for Inside The Star.

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