The Dallas Cowboys are currently underway with training camp and there are a few players who have stood out. Let’s take a look at some camp standouts.
The Dallas Cowboys are knee deep in training camp and are beginning to work out which players belong on the 53 man roster. While this camp has been more interesting than those in the past for several reasons, the most important factor would be how much opportunity is available to younger players.
This camp has been about letting the youth on this team shine especially in the secondary and defensive line. With such potent competition, this year let’s take a look at three players who have turned heads during training camp.
For some time, Dallas Cowboy fans have wanted to see Byron Jones finally grow into an elite piece of the secondary, it appears that time is now. We have seen players have good camps and falter during the regular season but Jones has something this year. Jones has more of an edge and less hesitation in man to man situations as he has shown significant growth during this years camp.
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Could that be because of Kris Richard’s new approach with Jones? That definitely has something to do with it as Richard has seemed to have a plan for Jones in this defensive scheme all along and is finally being able to utilize it.
Jones is expected to be the Dallas Cowboys top cornerback this season so it makes sense that his development has been paramount to the defensive coaching staff. This is a contract year for Jones so expect some fireworks from the former first-round pick.
Tavon Austin/Michael Gallup/Allen Hurns:
This group of wide receivers has been interesting to watch, to say the least. Everyone expects them to do very little this season but in reality, they are a group of productive players looking for their place in the NFL. The release of Dez Bryant has overshadowed just how surprisingly good this wide receiving corps has been.
Deonte Thompson, Tavon Austin, Michael Gallup, and Allen Hurns have all impressed at times. Gallup had an incredible day where he looked like a number one wide receiver. Hurns shows his veteran instincts mixed with some powerful physicality. He has dominated a couple of defensive backs this offseason and should be worth the money the Dallas Cowboys paid for him.
Austin has been incredibly fast and efficient when targeted. He looks like the fastest player on the field and has been running some interesting intermediate/deep routes and finding a modest amount of success.
Gallup’s skills far surpass those of a rookie and he could make more of an impact than originally thought. This could be the season that one of these players breaks through to superstardom.
The Dallas Cowboys would be in a real bind if not for trading Ryan Switzer for Jihad Ward during the 2018 NFL Draft. David Irving’s suspension put this team behind the eight ball and a replacement was hard to come by until the front office acquired Ward.
Since then he has been a wrecking machine on defense, proving to be one of the best defensive tackles on the roster. Ward is actually looking like one of the best defensive linemen on the roster so the team could have gotten a secret weapon to add to their arsenal. If Ward is as productive as he shows during practice then it will be hard for David Irving to win back his starting job.
So far this camp has been pretty eye-opening in terms of just how far this team could grow in terms of talent.
Only time will tell if this optimism and growth will translate into on the field success
- Published on 08/03/2018 at 20:00 PM
- Last updated at 08/03/2018 at 05:28 AM