I tried really hard not to get too excited watching the first Cowboys preseason game, and I was doing pretty well through the first half. I fought the urge to pronounce Ronald Leary as the second coming of Larry Allen. I haven't yet penciled in Travis Frederick as the starting center for the next 20 years. And I was able to withhold from writing an article fabricating a story about what it means that Tony Romo missed a bonus preseason game. But, at the start of the 3rd quarter, there I was searching for George Selvie jerseys on NFL.com (lucky for me, they don't exist). Aside from being all in on George Selvie - Here are some other thoughts I gathered from the game against the Dolphins.
Ok, George Selvie is really good. Major props to the pro scouting department. The immediate impact of the Tyrone Crawford injury will be minimized, and the Cowboys, at least, have a serviceable young backup that can play defensive end in the 4-3. If only we could get the back Miami lineman to line up at left tackle every week, this guy could live up to my expectations.
David Arkin looked much better than last year. He still seems a bit weak - he got bull rushed into the backfield on a few running plays. But his footwork was much better in pass blocking, and he was able to hold his own against the run for the most part. Arkin wasn't perfect by any means, but he established himself as legitimate competition for the RG spot. Mackenzy Bernadeau has to be feeling the pressure a little bit.
J.J. Wilcox has been the talk of training camp so far, and he was a little up and a little down. I thought he seemed to be out of position on a few play action passes, leaving big holes in the zones. That being said, he was around the ball a lot, and he made a big hit on Special Teams. Worst case scenario, he will be an impact player on Special Teams. Plus, he stayed on the field for most of the game, which is more than can be said for some of the Cowboys' safeties.
One game is in the books, and like all Cowboys fans, I'm excited to see all the starters get some action on Friday against Oakland. The Cowboys played at a much faster pace than they did last season. It leaves me to wonder whether that was a product of new player caller, Bill Callahan, or if things will slow down once again with Tony Romo at the helm making adjustments at the line. That, and seeing the rest of starters in action, is the primary thing I'll be looking for, come Friday. All in all, though, it's great having football back, right?