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Quick Thoughts: Preseason Week 4

The streak has been snapped! The Cowboys won their final preseason game 21-14 over the Houston Texans. It still doesn’t mean a whole lot but it was nice to see the team pick up a victory as they head into the regular season.

Play of the Game

On a third and 18 Dustin Vaughan completes a short pass to Gavin Escobar who makes multiple guys miss and powers his way to a first down.

Turning Point With the Texans pinned deep Corey White breaks on a Tom Savage pass and times it perfectly. White walked into the endzone to get the Cowboys on the board.

Three Stars

Third Star – Lavar Edwards – Coming into the game Edwards was a guy on the roster bubble. With the defensive line being as deep as it is a strong performance might not even be enough. That being said, Edwards gave the coaching staff reason to debate as he finished with three tackles and a sack.

Second Star – Lucky Whitehead – Earlier this week my 53 man roster projection did not include Whitehead. He may have played his way onto the roster with his performance Thursday night. He looked more comfortable fielding kicks than he has all preseason. Although he had some nice returns called back due to penalties he showed glimpses of the explosiveness he possesses. Also for the second straight week Whitehead showed flashes as a receiver.

First Star – Keith Smith – Smith has flashed all preseason but still needed a good performance to solidify his spot on the roster. Early in the game he underwent concussion tests and his roster spot appeared in jeopardy. Not only his he return to the game but he was flying around the field. He would have had the Cowboys second defensive touchdown if not for an early whistle.

Other Thoughts

  • I do not envy the coaches who will be tasked with figuring out who to keep and who to cut from the defensive line. It seemed like everyone who was a roster bubble player flashed in this game. Rod Marinelli talks about wanting waves and this year he has the depth to make it happen.
  • For the first time this preseason the special teams didn’t look horrid. On five punts the Cowboys forced three fair catches, one no gain and one 20 yard gain. A huge improvement over past weeks.
  • Vaughan got the start and played the entire game. In what will almost certainly be his final game as a Cowboy Vaughan finished 11/20 for 115 yards while being sacked three times. It was another lackluster performance for the once promising quarterback in which his poor accuracy was on full display once again. The fact that Jameill Showers did not get any playing time seems to be a sign that the team is trying to sneak him through to the practice squad.
  • The other player who’s playing time seemed to suggest something may be up is Gavin Escobar. For a guy who is a roster lock Escobar seemed to get a ton of snaps. Could this be a showcase for a potential trade? It seems far fetched because Escobar hasn’t lived up to potential thus far. Instead it could be the team trying to determine if Escobar is ready to take the next step which could make a guy like James Hanna expendable.

The preseason is over and we are inching ever closer to the real games. Bring on the Giants.

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