Questions Remain Ahead Of Cowboys Dress Rehearsal

    The square off against the Thursday night for their “dress rehearsal” game. What this means is that we will likely see the starters played a lot more than they did the first two preseason games and even see little more game planning on the staff's part.

    Heading into this contest against the Seahawks, I still have a lot of unanswered questions that I will hopefully get the answer to.

    If these questions are not answered Thursday night, then it's unlikely they will be answered until the 2016 season is underway. This is because we are unlikely see very many of the starters in the fourth preseason game against the Houston Texans. This game is generally used by the coaching staff to evaluate the players fighting for the final few roster spots.

    So, without further ado here are a few questions that I would like answered.

    Where is the pass rush?

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    Okay, the has actually performed a lot better in the first two preseason games then anyone probably could have expected. I think we can all agree with that right?

    But let's get real here for second. The questions surrounding the for the Cowboys defense has to be one of the biggest concerns heading into the dress rehearsal game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night.

    It's pretty sad when Shaneil Jenkins was just signed about two weeks ago and he is the one that has shown up the most when getting after the opposing QB.

    So far, the main pressure has been coming from the and the carousel of defensive ends has yet to make much of an impact. This is in large part due to the they sustained to some of the key pass rushers, so it maybe it's just a matter of getting everyone healthy.

    Nevertheless, the pass rush still has to be the biggest unanswered question for me.

    How will Cowboys top draft picks perform?

    Cowboys Headlines - Questions Remain Ahead Of Cowboys Dress Rehearsal 1You might not have noticed because it's kind of flown under the radar, but the only draft picks to see any preseason action were all selected in the of the 2016 , with the exception of .

    Prescott of course has far exceeded anyone's expectations, but Darius Jackson, , and are the only other picks to receive any NFL experience.

    Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be the lead running back and should make his NFL debut against the Seahawks, so we will finally get to see him in action. Also, is expected to play Thursday night and he could end up being a key rotational player along the . And then we have , who has been sidelined with a sore back. We're still unsure if his athleticism as a defensive end can improve the pass rush for the Cowboys defense or not.

    With the exception of (unlikely to play in 2016), Elliott, Collins, and Tapper are still unknowns. They were expected to be impact players in some capacity, so hopefully we can see something out of the top draft picks against Seattle.

    Are the Cowboys confident in the backup quarterback situation?

    Cowboys Headlines - Questions Remain Ahead Of Cowboys Dress Rehearsal 2When the expected backup went down with a leg , the Dallas Cowboys kind of went into a panic mode. They thankfully calmed their nerves and took the wait-and-see approach instead of signing a veteran player.

    As things stand right now, I don't think the Cowboys could possibly be more pleased with what they have seen so far from Dak Prescott.

    The reason this is still an unanswered question for me is the fact that as , has always preferred to have a veteran backup. I personally think Prescott has done enough to be the backup QB, but I think this question will still remain unanswered until #4 is confirmed as the backup to .

    Of course, this question means nothing if Romo remains healthy the entire 2016 season.

    Can Chaz Green be the swing tackle in 2016?

    Cowboys Headlines - Questions Remain Ahead Of Cowboys Dress Rehearsal 3In all honesty, the swing position for the Dallas Cowboys is more concerning to me then just about any other unanswered question on this list.

    I think we can all agree that the bookends on the offensive line are arguably the most important positions on the team with the exception of quarterback. They are in charge of keeping the opposing defenses best pass rusher's from teeing off on the person in charge of operating the , the quarterback.

    Tyron Smith has been cautiously monitored due to a pinched nerve in his neck. He has yet to make an appearance in the preseason and might not see the field until week one against the . isn't getting any younger and has struggled with injuries himself over past few years. If either player goes down with an injury for any amount of time the Cowboys offense is in trouble.

    has played the first two games of the preseason and has had his ups and downs. Right now, the swing tackle position is his to lose, but he really needs to become more consistent.

    The coaching staff may choose to sit Tyron Smith and that would mean that Green would get the opportunity to prove himself against a talented Seattle Seahawks pass rush.

    Are there any unanswered questions that still concern you?

    Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with us your remaining unanswered questions.


    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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    George Johnson

    Brian, We know they are going to have a very potent offense as long as they don’t have too many key injuries. Elliot is likely to be a star. T Romo and D Bryant are likely to get back into form. This should be exciting to watch. The concern is the defense. Can you expect to get very far in the playoffs without a strong defense? They will most likely need a strong defense in order to even get to the playoffs or progress to the Super Bowl.

    John Williams

    I’ve been surprised by the amount of pressure the defense has been able to create. Love the amount of confidence that the secondary is playing with as well. If the offense is as good as we think it’s going to be, then the defense is going to have a lot of opportunities to be looking pass.

    George Johnson

    Lets see how they do against Seattle a very strong defense and offense. My understanding is Seattle will likely play their starters into the third quarter and Dallas will likely pull their starters after a few series. This will also be a good test for D Prescott. If he is playing with the 2nd team and Seattle is using the 1st team on defense, watch out as the rookie and inexperience in him may start showing up. He has not had much pressure yet and receivers have been pretty open in the first two preseason games. The Seattle game could be quite different. I hope I am wrong and Dallas also plays their starters into the 3rd quarter with the exception of T Romo. I don’t want T Romo in the game until the third quarter as this would unnecessarily expose him to possible injury.