The Cowboys have their first preseason game this Saturday against the Denver Broncos. Questions will linger until the final game concludes at the end of the month.
A few players are on the radar going into preseason who I think could use the three games to their benefit.
The first two players are a couple I have kept my eye on since James Washington fractured his foot. Noah Brown and Simi Fehoko are two players to focus your attention on. One of these guys may be featured as the WR3 rolling into week one against Tampa Bay.
As training camp comes to a close, both caught touchdown passes from Dak Prescott on Tuesday. Preseason is where these players and others battling for either a roster spot or looking to increase their playing time can thrive and benefit.
With CeeDee Lamb resting, Noah Brown and Simi Fehoko took advantage of extra work. Brown caught a TD pass from Dak Prescott in the “Mojo moment,” and also had one a bootleg throw. Fehoko went up and over Tyler Coyle for a jump-ball TD from Cooper Rush.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 9, 2022
Who wins the kicking battle? Dallas signed former kicker Brett Maher yesterday and released Johnathan Garibay after neither Garibay or Lirim Hajrullahu could find consistent success.
Hajrullahu was the better of the two recently, but Dallas was still not confident in him enough, which shows by signing Maher. If he wins the job, I will do my best to put his handful of awful games/misses with the Cowboys behind him and look at his 16-for-18 last season as a member of the Saints. Maher and Hajrullahu can benefit from the preseason, kicking in real-time, at other places, etc.
Any player not named Tyron Smith or Zack Martin on the offensive line. Every single one of the others needs to use the preseason to benefit them. I could not tell you if Mike McCarthy plans to play any of the ‘significant' starters on the OL because of how thin they are, but I would like to see others get reps, even if it's the last preseason game.
I don't expect to see many starters play much in the three preseason games, but some of these guys plus others not mentioned, if used could benefit from getting several snaps.