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Predicting 2022 Stats For Cowboys Rookies

Some of Dallas’ rookies will be day-one starters. Others will be backups, either worked into the rotation or riding the bench for depth.

Either way, all will be expected to contribute in some form in 2022. So, I predicted what each drafted will contribute this season.

Not included are offensive linemen because you can’t put stats to those guys (at least most of the time). There also is an here, and you’ll see why when you get there.

EDGE Sam “De” Williams

34 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks, 10 QB hits

Like most guys here, it’s tough to predict how much Williams will rotate amongst Dallas’ rushers. With and Jr. fighting for reps, who knows how many will go to Williams.

However, I expect the to try and get a return on their second-round investment. Williams seemed to be a selection personally made by , and I’m almost sure he’ll get him on the field as much as possible.

Williams won’t start every game, but he’ll have a solid rookie season

WR Jalen Tolbert

40 receptions, 578 yards, 4 touchdowns

I expect Tolbert to have a season similar to ’s in 2021. He won’t do anything that shocks the world, but he’ll contribute enough to make people notice.

How much he plays depends on when Michael Gallup starts the season and how much guys like and play. But he’ll still get enough reps to make an impact.

His best-case scenario is becoming the Cowboys’ permanent No. 3 , which is an excellent spot for him.

TE Jake Ferguson

30 receptions, 345 yards, 2 touchdowns

This would be a decent stat line for Ferguson if he earns the No. 2 spot. Dalton Schultz has the starting tight end spot on lockdown (for now), so Ferguson will likely be the backup.

I like Ferguson a lot, and I hope can get him involved in the . When Schultz comes out, Dallas needs Ferguson to provide a continuous spark.

In 2022, I think he’ll do just that. Ferguson can build a solid foundation for his career with this production.

CB DaRon Bland

14 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 interception

Bland will play, at most, a depth role this season. He could play more if someone is injured, but I don’t see him being one of Dallas’ primary cornerbacks in 2022.

Maybe, he can become that later in his career. But, he was drafted as a depth piece, and he’ll be exactly that in his rookie season.

DT John Ridgeway

16 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 5 QB hits

Given the amount of rotation Dallas will probably do at defensive , I feel this is a good enough stat line for Ridgeway. He’ll be a run-stuffer, get in the backfield and do exactly what he was brought in to do.

This is assuming Ridgeway even makes the team in the first place. Given the competition at his position, that’s not a guarantee. But, if he does, he can make at least a small contribution.

LB Devin Harper

9 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass defended

I know that stat line is pretty much nothing. But Harper a seventh-round pick who will, at best, be near or at the bottom of Dallas’ when the season starts.

He may not make the at all and could open the season on the . But, if he does make it, Harper will be what Jabril Cox was last year. He’ll get most of his reps on and very few on .

K Jonathan Garibay

36/38 on field goals, 46/47 on extra points

Even though he wasn’t drafted, I’m including Garibay because he’s almost guaranteed to make the . He is, after all, the only on the roster currently.

Garibay was an accurate kicker at Texas Tech, and I expect him to continue this in the NFL. He’ll have some rookie struggles and miss a few field goals, but he’ll be a straight arrow overall. Garibay will impress and could earn a spot on the All-Rookie team.

What do you think?

Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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  1. For Williams, I like a minimum of 4 sacks and more than a handful of QB pressures. In fact, I think he could be a top-5 defensive rookie candidate.

    I’ll take your projections for Tolbert and be happy, particularly if he exhibits anything “special” about his game while amassing those numbers.

    I don’t see Ferguson scoring, but if he does I would suggest its because his blocking proved to be good enough to have him in al lot of goal-to-goal situations, and play-action passes worked for him. So that would be a huge positive.

    If Bland plays, then either Wright or Joseph have busted (suspension?) or Lewis or Brown were traded/hurt.

    If Ridgeway gets zero QB sacks or pressures, I’d be okay with that, so long as it means LVE or others are making more TFL’s.

    I actually think Harper has dark-horse capabilities, partly because of skills and partly because of other unproven questions at the position.

    Adding ….

    If Tyler Smith ends up starting (anywhere) and ends the season with less than 5-7 holding penalties, I’m happy.

    Waletzko need only make the 53 and either push Ball off the roster or have a few snaps at OT as an injury replacement to make hos pick worthwhile.

  2. I realize I am replying to this late but had to remark about the potential placekicker states. All the others aside you think Garibay will be the most accurate kicker in the NFL basically on field goals next year? I mean 36 of 38 is roughly 95% and puts him in like with the absolute best kickers in the league. If we get that from a UDFA it will be a coup.

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