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Dallas Cowboys Preseason Opener

The Dallas Cowboys will be playing in their first game of the 2016 preseason schedule tonight against the Los Angeles Rams. The game is less about the starters and more about the guys trying to make the team. It is an evaluation process for these players and coaches.

Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Romo aren’t expected to play, although Romo seems to be a game time decision. The quarterback who is expected to play the most is Dak Prescott. Recently the Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones seem to indicate that they won’t be pursuing a veteran backup at this time.

We’re not in that big of a hurry. The best thing to do right now is to be pretty deliberate, to not be in a big hurry and let some more things play out around the league.

Head coach Jason Garrett also went on to say that they want to get Dak and Jameill Showers more reps. Expect to see Prescott man the offense for three quarters tonight. Fans will also get a good does of free agent acquisition Alfred Morris and sixth round pick Darius Jackson. Jackson has been turning some heads in training camp workouts.

Other offensive players to watch are wide receivers Andy Jones, Chris Brown and tight end Rico Geathers.

Defensively the Cowboys need a strong showing from David Irving who has been impressive. He is a large athlete who has made a name for himself blocking field goal kicks at both Iowa State and for the Cowboys. Second year man Ryan Russell will also be heavily involved in the rushing attack. This group is very young and inexperienced so someone needs to step up while Demarcus Lawrence is suspended. Charles Tapper is expected to sit out with a sore back he is dealing with but it doesn’t appear to be too serious.

In the linebacking group new acquisition James Morris should get some snaps at middle linebacker as they try to find a replacement for suspended Rolando McClain. Second year man Mark Nzeocha should also be in the mix to provide quality depth and special teams play.

Other defensive players to watch are cornerback Anthony Brown and safety Kavon Frazier.


About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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