The Brady Report: Cowboys Dominant In “Dress Rehearsal” Victory

    The came out of their week 3 “dress rehearsal” game feeling as confident as ever, as they throttled the 34-0 to improve to 2-1 on the preseason.

    Of course, there were some standouts from the Cowboys big win, as position battles are starting to come to a close and the regular season is quickly approaching.

    Let's get into my from the Cowboys' victory.

    • continues to impress and show signs of a big leap in year two. The sophomore caught an excellent touchdown on a beautiful ball from in the first quarter, battling through tough man coverage to snag the reception. Later in the first half Gallup caught a ball from and racked up some yards after catch to score what should have been his second touchdown of the night, if not for a weak holding call on . Gallup is stepping into 's shoes nicely while the WR1 is out with a heel .
    • is making a strong case to be the Cowboys' third running back come the regular season. Chunn had 7 carries for 25 yards, but he also racked up 2 catches for 23 yards through the air. Chunn can be a nice weapon as a receiver out of the backfield, and has proven to be a valuable contributor as well. also continued to impress this preseason, as he has some wondering out loud what this could look like without early on in the season. I still think a deal will get done, but Pollard will make it sting much less if Elliott does not sign.
    • really might make this team. He had 6 catches for 79 yards on Saturday night, as he was once again one of the better deep-roster receivers for Dallas. Smith has separated himself from the Jon'Vea Johnsons of this roster, and is now expected to join as WR5 and WR6 on the final cut.
    • How about the blocked punt touchdown from ? The Cowboys special teams units have been sort of shaky in recent years, but with the depth this team has on both sides of the ball that will hopefully change in 2019.
    • Cooper Rush is your backup . He was once again strong on Saturday night, and has been miles ahead of all preseason. At this point, it's not even close.
    • Marcus Lucas is almost certainly going to be cut, as he is not eligible and the tight end seems set. But, he's made the most of his chances with the Cowboys this preseason. Lucas has looked pretty solid overall, and does a nice job working in the flats off play action. He's a decent tight end that another team may take a chance on during waivers.
    • has had possibly the best two-to-three weeks of his career this preseason. Charlton had a big night on Saturday, with 2 , a pass deflection, and a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He was dominating the Texans' offensive tackles, and has gone from a potential final cut to nearly a roster lock when you look at the different projections being published. And, with the way he's played, he deserves to stick around.
    • and CJ Goodwin have almost made themselves locks for the final roster as well. Both came away with impressive interceptions on Saturday, but both have also kept up consistently strong play throughout and the preseason. The Cowboys are deep in the , no doubt, but letting these players go would be a tough call. I'd say Wilson is much closer to a lock than Goodwin, but I'd do my best to keep both around. Each can play special teams too, by the way.
    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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