Tonight the Cowboys close out the preseason against the in-state rival, Houston Texans. That’s probably as exciting as I can be without being dishonest because as most of you know – any player of any major significance – will not be playing. In typical fashion both the Cowboys and Texans expect to sit out their main starters in order to rest and (more importantly) avoid injury before the real season begins.
Does that mean it’s not worth watching?
Of course not. This is still Cowboy’s football after all!
The final preseason game is still very fun to watch. It’s just fun to watch in a different way. Of the many players you will see playing tonight only a few have a legitimate shot at making the team. A few starters will get some play but they are the exceptions rather than the rule. What makes this game great to watch are the players just trying to earn a spot. The passion and energy given is almost unparalleled. These kids are out on the field playing for their livelihood. They’ve dedicated their entire lives to football and are now running the risk of losing their dream AND their job.
Now if you’d like to focus in on a couple players who are on the bubble, here a a couple of my favorites I’ll be paying special attention to tonight:
Sterling Moore and Micah Pellerin
Both Moore and Pellerin are primarily CBs but both can also play FS. Both also contribute on special teams and both have flashed good things this preseason. Moore is the more experienced but Pellerin has better natural instincts. Sterling Moore is just more proven so he’s more likely to make the team after final cuts are made in a couple days.
Pellerin has grown to be SportDFW’s preseason favorite underdog. Even when beat in the endzone last week by AJ Green, he won the battle with a monster push. The push caused Green to land his second step out of bounds. This was a heads up play against one of the Top-5 WRs in the NFL. I knew Pellerin could get beat but I didn’t know he was so quick-witted to recover the way he did.
As I stated in my latest 53 roster projection I expect both players to make the final cut for the reasons stated above.
Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but I see both players as important depth to this team. I’d feel a heckofa lot better giving a roster spot to Micah Pellerin than I do giving one to the eternally overmatched David Arkin.
But I guess that’s why we watch the game. Maybe Pellerin falls apart and maybe Arkin plays lights out. Even without the flashy players on the field there’s plenty of reasons to enjoy tonight’s game.
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