Underwhelming Cowboys Veterans Going Into Preseason – Week 3

    One of the harshest things for NFL players to experience is finding themselves on the cutting block for the first time due to diminishing skills. When normally they would be their usual selves and play up to their abilities, some hit the wall sooner than others and thus become expendable. Final cuts won’t be for another couple of weeks and there’s always a few surprises. For the Cowboys, it usually comes in the form of a free agent who signed only months earlier.

    In recent memory, players like and were added with the idea and hope that they would be a big part of the defense, but were both released that same year.

    It's only but there are some veterans not playing up to standards who could find themselves unemployed if they don’t turn it around. Father Time is undefeated and some of these players are losing early. Don’t put it past to release a vet if it makes financial and football sense. He’s done it before and he’ll likely do it again.

    Kony Ealy

    Sean's Scout: As Late FA Signing, New DE Kony Ealy Brings Value at DEIt wasn’t that long ago when was a first round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers. After a great performance in 50, people thought that Ealy was beginning to become the player Carolina had drafted.

    However, despite putting up 14 sacks in three seasons, he was subsequently traded to New England, released and signed a one year deal with the Jets, which resulted in him only getting one sack and starting only four games.

    If Dallas were desperate for rushers then Kony Ealy would be almost a lock just based on the need. However, Dallas has what looks like its best rotation in years.

    Players like DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, , , Dorance Armstrong Jr, , and the eventual return of David Irving could spell bad news for Ealy. He’s being outplayed by too many defensive ends to justify keeping him and he may find himself looking for work in another city.

    Chaz Green

    Chaz Green

    This one shouldn’t be a shock to many. Chaz Green was thought to be the answer at this time last year, but never got the job back from . Even worse, when was out, he was asked to fill in at and was a disaster, rightfully losing the job by halftime.

    This preseason, he’s been La’el Collins’ backup at right . In case you’ve missed any action, he hasn’t looked much better, and there’s nowhere else he can fill in.

    The team signed Cameron Fleming to be the swing tackle, has been a better option at , and even despite Zack Martin and expected to miss time, expect the team to play the wire to fill that final offensive lineman spot.

    Chaz Green’s roster spot looks likely to be vacant.

    Deonte Thompson

    Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson Benefits Most From Terrance Williams Issue

    Sometimes the best ability is availability, and , for all the praise he’s getting from camp, hasn’t been available. Despite his praise from , he's been slowed by an Achilles which has limited his ability to practice and play.

    Thompson is already in a battle with several other healthy, talented receivers. We’ve already seen look comfortable in throwing it to a variety of pass catchers, which leaves Thompson only a short window to show off his skills.

    The good news for him is that there’re still two preseason games left and he’s finally scheduled to return.

    If he wants any sort of shot at the final 53-man roster, he needs to get right in a hurry. He may have a chance to earn a 6th receiver spot, or potentially the main return man spot, but he’s limited on time. And the clock is ticking.

    Datone Jones

    Can DL Datone Jones be a Difference Maker in 2018?

    As much depth as the Cowboys have at the edge, they have almost as much quality depth inside.

    is scheduled to return from the PUP list, and David Irving will return after serving a four-game for substance abuse. Throw in Jihad Ward, who the Cowboys traded for in this recent NFL draft, playing up to his potential; and free agent who has been a camp standout, earning first team reps.

    , however, has not played up to his expectations. He may make the final 53-man roster, but it will be for lack of depth. When both Collins and Irving return, his spot would likely be the one snatched away. Unlike the previous players on this list, Datone Jones will make the roster because his position group isn’t as deep. Yet.

    If Jones really expects to stay on the squad then it will require him to play like he should. He’ll need to produce more because his spot won’t be safe for too long. Jones was a player who may have had a lot of hype around him in training camp, but with the regular season getting closer, there’s maybe not so much for him anymore.

    Shane Carter
    Shane Carter
    Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.


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