The Cowboys lost 17-9 to the Raiders but some players gave us a few good looks tonight. Cuts are not too far off and some players have to become more noticeable if they plan on making this roster. Let’s review a few players that had interesting nights:
DB Brian McCann has had two straight games where he was very noticeable. He broke up a long pass by Campbell and showed a nice second gear on a 28 yard punt return. McCann and 2nd year wide receiver Jesse Holley have been pleasant surprises on special teams. Holley did a good job covering punts and shows good ability to get down field as a gunner.
For the second week in a row the Cowboys’ opening drive on offense stalled in the red zone. The offense drove 45 yards and stalled after a series of sacks on Romo. Romo was hit a little too much for Cowboys fans on that drive that lead to a 42 yard field goal by Buehler. At the end of the half, after a good punt return into Raider territory, Kitna and the second team stalled in the red zone once again. The Cowboys went for it on 4th and 1 and failed.
Tony Romo does not look bad but after two games he just doesn’t look comfortable. At times he throws the ball with authority but sometimes looks hesitant. It most likely had a lot to do with the coverage by Oakland. The Raiders played tight man coverage and the Cowboy starting receivers could not get any separation. Romo finished the day, 4/5 for 52 yards.
Miles Austin had a spectacular 28 yard catch on 3rd and 12 on the opening drive. Austin looks a little quicker this year. Reports out of camp, is that he has lost some weight which may contribute to his quickness. Austin looks to be ready for another big year in this offense.
Last week Felix Jones looked a little slower and tonight we saw the same hesitation in his first step. Wade Phillips mentioned that Felix weighs more than Marion Barber and for some reason that just doesn’t sound right. With that said, if he has gained weight, maybe that has something to do with his lack of burst. Michael Turner put on some extra weight before last season in Atlanta and we saw how it hurt his production. It’s only preseason and he hasn’t touched the ball a lot so there is no need to knee jerk. Let’s just keep an eye on him.
Last week Jason Hatcher was disappointing. Not tonight, Hatcher showed a high motor stuffing Michael Bush for no gain inside the Raiders 5 yard line. Early in the 2nd quarter he also was in on a sack of Jason Campbell.
Leon Williams (52) has been very impressive in both preseason games thus far. Leon had a chance to end the game but dropped an easy interception at the Cowboys 2 yard line with 2:24 left in the game. The guy can’t look good all the time.
Like last week, this game was a snoozer. It was as exciting as watching a snail go for a morning jog, but for some players this is their job interview. The Jesse Holley and Leon Williams of the world must continue to play well if they want a shot at making this team. There are not many holes on this team and the young guys are battling each other for a shot at landing a job. Next week against San Diego, many of those players will get another chance to impress the coaches.
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