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Will These Cowboys Backups Play Against the Browns?

When a 6-1 team meets an 0-8 team, there's always the potential for a blowout. While we don't want to assume too much about the and how easily the will handle them today, there's no denying that the game could be very one-sided.

If Dallas has a comfortable lead in the second half, could it be an opportunity to let some of their young prospects and other backups get some playing time? Here are a few guys who have been waiting for their opportunity.

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Darius Jackson, RB

Dallas has carried Jackson on the active roster all season but have yet to make him active for a game. Even while has been out with a knee , Jackson has remained in street clothes while served as the number-three .

With Smith now off the roster and Dunbar just coming back from the injury, perhaps this is an opportunity to get Jackson into the game. The rookie probably still has some concerns when it comes to pass protection and other duties, but it would be nice to see him with the ball in his hands.

It also doesn't hurt to let and get some extra rest before facing the .

Mark Nzeocha, LB

The second-year has been out with an Achilles injury but has returned to practice. After flashing his talent during the , it would be nice to see what Nzeocha can do in a real game.

In the 2015 , Nzeocha's fell to the seventh round because an existing knee injury and a general lack of . A native of Germany, he played both and linebacker at Wyoming. He is a highly athletic linebacker, which fits well in Dallas' scheme.

Cowboys Headlines - Will These Cowboy Backups Get to Play Against the Browns? 1Kavon Frazier, S

Frazier has only dressed for a few games this year and hasn't been used much even then. With hurt and now starting, he is closer to playing time than ever before.

Now the number-four safety while Church is out, Frazier will almost certainly be active today. While you hate the risk of giving up a big play in garbage time, it would be nice to see the sixth-round rookie in action. After this year's draft, he and were put in the same category by as guys who they had fourth-round grades on.

After seeing how well Brown's played this year, it makes me all the more curious about what Frazier can do.

Gavin Escobar, TE

The backups tight ends only get so much work with ironman head of them. has at least been in as a blocker and had a few looks as a receiver.

Escobar has disappeared from the Cowboys . The former second-round pick hasn't even been targeted in the . In fact, I'm not sure if he's even been on the field yet.

Witten has earned every bit of rest he can get in his 13th season. Swaim would obviously get the majority of the work if Witten sits, but it'd be nice to give Escobar a few looks as well. If nothing else, give the guy some game footage he can take to next year's .

Cowboys Headlines - Will These Cowboy Backups Get to Play Against the Browns? 2Mark Sanchez, QB

Pulling the starting is one of the grand traditions of one-sided games. With 's return imminent, this may be Sanchez's best chance to get in some game time as a Cowboy.

Romo's health will be a red flag for the rest of his career, meaning everyone on the needs to be ready to play. If Romo goes back out, then Sanchez is just one more injury away from being the Cowboys' starting QB. I'd like for him to have thrown a pass or two before that day comes.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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