Here are three bubble players who have a lot yet to prove in training camp before they can feel secure in their status with the Dallas Cowboys this season
Training camp is a great time of the year. While the NFL veterans are resting easy and coasting through camp, fringe players are fighting tooth and nail for the career they’ve always dreamed of. The Dallas Cowboys happen to be loaded with fringe players like this. And with only a handful of spots actually available, they need to show something before it’s too late.
Today we’ll look at three players in particular, who need to show something in order to justify a roster spot going forward.
Jon’vea Johnson, WR
Jon’vea Johnson has been the talk of Cowboys Camp. The silky smooth runner from Toledo has been referred to as the poor man’s Isaac Bruce. The only problem is – he drops balls.
Getting open is great and all but if you can’t hang on, it’s a pretty pointless skill. Johnson dropped two balls in the Blue-White scrimmage and another two in the Dallas Cowboys first preseason game. He bounced back and produced on both occasions but an NFL WR should have to “bounce back”.
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Mitch Hyatt, OT
Mitch Hyatt came to the Dallas Cowboys as one of the most coveted undrafted free agents in the class. He chose Dallas because the team believed in him and offered him a pathway to success. That’s why they ponied up more cash than anyone else this year. They gave Hyatt a $40k in bonus AND guaranteed an additional $130,000 in salary for a reason.
But in camp he’s looked more like the second coming of Chaz Green than the heir apparent at swing tackle. The Dallas Cowboys have no qualms about giving up on a highly paid UDFA if they’re not confident the ceiling is there anymore.
Taco Charlton, DE
I’ve been hard on Taco all offseason. I’ve been calling Dorance Armstrong a more promising player for quite a while and even left Taco off my final 53-man roster back when I was prognosticating in mini-camp.
But it’s still a rarity to see a team give up on a first round pick after only two seasons, so it’s probably still his job to lose. That said, Joe Jackson, Jalen Jelks, and Armstrong all looked better than him on Saturday. And each one is cheaper and under team control longer. Sunk costs cannot play a role in this decision.
Taco Charlton, Jon’vea Johnson, and Mitch Hyatt all need to show something more if they want to make the Dallas Cowboys Final 53, because right now, nothing’s for certain.
- Published on 08/17/2019 at 12:00 PM
- Last updated at 08/16/2019 at 07:05 AM