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Jerry Jones Praises Cowboys UDFAs, Cites Ability to Contribute Early

Covering a variety of topics during a recent media session, Cowboys Owner and praised their crop of 2022 undrafted . Jones noted that these rookies are unusually ready to contribute to Dallas in the upcoming season.

While he didn't name names, Jones cited the group as a whole as being exceptionally impressive based on early observations from minicamps and pre-draft . He also said the performance of these UDFAs could have a significant impact on the Cowboys' fortunes in 2022.

“We've got really young players, not only the draft picks but also more college free agents that have a chance to help us this year than I've seen in a long time. They're important for us. Their lack of success would cripple our hopes this year. Their success would enhance our hopes more than any group than I think we've seen. I think they've got that kind of appeal.”

One should always be on for hyperbole with Jerry, and there probably is some in this statement. After all, none of this year's UDFAs are projected to start on or .

However, one rookie who could decide games is out of Texas Tech. Currently Garibay is the only kicker signed to the roster, which could change before but keeps him in a pivotal position until it does.

Another UDFA with impact potential is Texas A&M LB . Dallas needs to fill that and Hansford, who some had as a 4th-round talent in 2022, could be competitive for a roster spot against thin competition.

has had some buzz around him since the draft. He's been considered for a hybrid LB/S role, which could be his ticket to the roster given the LB shortage we just discussed.

has potential to compete at his position as well. While and are the current favorites to be starter and backup, Lindstrom could push them if he hits the ground running as a rookie.

Outside of Garibay as kicker, assuming he holds that job into September, it's hard to see any of these rookies making the kind of impact that would fully back up Jerry's statement in 2022. But the opportunities to contribute are there and could make this a more meaningful group of undrafted rookies than we've had in recent years.

Jess Haynie
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Cowboy Fan Ed

Hear we go again Coach Jones telling us how players are going to preform . The way I see it he should worry about getting players on the team that his coaching staff has asked for …… in my opinion he has an role in this organization and he needs to stay in that role and let the coaches coach and stay out of their way!!


Tyler Smith is not expected to start? I understand he’s not guaranteed to start… but not expected? Ummm ok.


Note the emphasis on UDFA’s (not all rookies) in the storyline.


I think Jerry has realistically realized that he will never win another Super Bowl in his lifetime. It seems as though he has given in to reality.

Dave SC58

Hansford, Lindstrom, Garibay and Bell have the best shots at making the roster. However, if none of them make the roster, that wouldn’t be a huge surprise either. I’m looking forward to watching this all play out.

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