There’s a handful of Dallas Cowboys who have shinned in training camp this summer…
Training camp 2020 is far from your typical Cowboys Camp. Much like most of our daily lives, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on all things “normal”. But not everything is different. Just like every single training camp that has come before, the Dallas Cowboys have players who are exceeding expectations.
Today, we look at five of those standout players who have increased their stock value in Cowboys Camp 2020.
Dallas Cowboys Standouts: Greg “the Leg” Zuerlein
Status: Free Agent Addition
Greg Zuerlein came to Dallas with little fanfare. The 32-year-old from LA was coming off his worst season in half-a-decade. The former All-Pro only converted 72.7 percent of his kicks in 2019, ultimately leading to his availability this offseason.
At the time of the signing, Dallas had just extended Kai Forbath for the 2019 season. Forbath went a cool 10 for 10 in Dallas last season and served as a significant upgrade over Brett “I got no midrange” Maher.
At first it looked like the Dallas Cowboys were planting the seeds of a full-blown kicker competition. But once it became clear Zuerlein was being handed the job, the Cowboys did right by Kai and released him to pursue options elsewhere.
The move was met with raised eyebrow in Cowboys Nation. Greg looked like another damaged kicker on the decline and Forbath was flawless. How could the decision be made so cleanly?
Well, we’re seeing why right now in training camp.
Greg Zuerlein has been perfect in his kicks. The injuries that hampered him in 2019 are behind him and the guy with the monster leg is looking more like that All-Pro from before.
Zuerlein gives Dallas an option they can trust. He’s proficient from short, midrange, and deep. Even injured, last season he hit from 58. When was the last time Dallas rolled into the season feeling this good about the kicker position?