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Rookie DE Joe Jackson Impressive In Cowboys Preseason Debut

Cowboys' rookie hadn't exactly earned much fame within through the opening weeks of .

The day three pick out of Miami certainly had a following when the Cowboys decided to draft him, but his questionable athletic profile and lack of top-notch production in college made him a bit of an afterthought for most fans.

Then the pads came on, and Saturday night's opener started. And Joe Jackson had himself a night.

The rookie finished with four tackles as a run defender in his preseason debut, and brought some pressure as a pass rusher as well. At 6'4″ 275 pounds, Jackson is a long and strong defensive end who can use that power and length to overmatch offensive tackles at times. Jackson has heavy hands as well, and plays with a motor that must love to watch.

His lack of explosion or bend worried me coming out of college, and I thought he'd be a better pass rushing option on the inside. Though he can certainly be a base 4-3 defensive end on most downs.

He made me, and many draft “evaluators” eat their words on Saturday. Still, it was just one of four preseason games, let alone the 16 meaningful games which lay ahead. The Cowboys have a pretty excellent group right now, though 's muddies the waters at defensive end a bit.

has stepped up during camp and appears to be the clear starting end opposite for week one against the Giants, and despite a disappointing first two seasons is still a former pick who the team may look to be patient with for as long as possible. Dallas also added very through this season, though being on just a one year deal it would be easy to part ways with his contract if need be.

Joe Jackson may just be a pick, but he's put himself in a good position to compete for a final roster spot thus far in camp and the preseason. The road ahead for Jackson to find his way amongst this stacked will not be easy, but if he can stack performances like he had on Saturday night together, he'll be just fine in Dallas.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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