5 Dallas Cowboys who need to stand out in Preseason Game 1

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Dallas Cowboys player to watch No. 3: Sam Williams – 2nd Round, DE

Similarly, to Houston and Tolbert being hidden gems, then the same can be said about edge rusher Sam Williams. The freakish athletic Williams joins another position group that has a few question marks, too. Once Randy Gregory was lost to the Broncos because of contract language, incumbent edge rusher Dorance Armstrong, Jr became his replacement.

Armstrong is a decent player, diligent worker, and should get better, but a player of Williams ilk has the ability to do some amazing things on the field and use those freakish skills. Williams will not only play on Saturday but will highlight the same pass rushing abilities like rookie sensation from last season, Micah Parsons.

Once Williams’ impact is felt, best believe he will go from just a regular situational pass rusher to one that’s in the rotation. Yes, I can foresee a scenario where he becomes the starter as the season progresses. The talent is there. It is just a matter of time before he surpasses Armstrong.

With Williams’ ability to get to the quarterback, rushing four down linemen only solidifies defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s Cover-3 defense. If Williams can just get pressures on the quarterback, Dallas’ defense gets a major positive with fresh pass rushers throughout each and every game.