With the game against San Francisco in the books, here are the individual performance grades of each player. These grades are determined by a combination of game tape review and detailed statistics from Pro Football Focus. Only the Cowboys starters and key depth players were evaluated.
|B+||Tony Romo||QB||3||100% accuracy rating|
|B||Brandon Weeden||QB||11||75% accuracy rating|
|D||Jameill Showers||QB||26||57.1% accuracy rating, 1 TD, 2 INT|
|F||Dustin Vaughan||QB||31||46.7% accuracy rating, 2 INT|
Tony Romo played one series and came out unscathed so he comes out the big winner. There were no stellar performances by anyone, but Dustin Vaughn struggled the most.
|B+||Joseph Randle||RB||20||7 carries, 4.29 ypc, caused 4 missed tackles|
|B||Gus Johnson||RB||9||3 carries, 4.0 ypc, caused 1 missed tackle|
|C+||Lance Dunbar||RB||5||2 catches for 2 yards|
|C||Tyler Clutts||FB||8||had -1.0 PFF grade|
|C-||Darren McFadden||RB||4||3 carries, 1.33 ypc, no missed tackles|
Again, no real standout performances. Joseph Randle played well in his first preseason action. Darren McFadden didn't get much of a chance, but did very little with the chances he did get.
|B+||A.J. Jenkins||WR||19||2 catches for 40 yards|
|B||Nick Harwell||WR||22||1 TD catch, penalty|
|C||Terrance Williams||WR||14||no targets|
|C||Cole Beasley||WR||6||no targets|
There wasn't a lot of action in the passing game. A.J. Jenkins highlights the day with a big game against the team that wasted a first-round pick on him.
|B+||Jason Witten||TE||3||1 pass play, no pressure allowed|
|B||Geoff Swaim||TE||65||4 catches|
|C-||Gavin Escobar||TE||25||2 catches, 1 drop|
Geoff Swain was active in the passing game, but struggled with his blocking. Gavin Escobar had a crucial third down drop that caused everyone to immediately start disliking Weeden more.
|A||Laurence Gibson||RT||26||20 pass plays, no pressures allowed|
|B+||Doug Free||RT||6||3 pass plays, no pressures allowed|
|B-||Darrion Weems||LT||45||25 pass plays, 1 hit allowed, holding penalty|
|B-||Mackenzy Bernadeau||RG||29||16 pass plays, no pressures allowed, poor run grade|
|C+||Travis Frederick||C||10||4 pass plays, no pressures allowed, poor run grade|
|C||La'el Collins||LG||45||25 pass plays, 1 sack allowed, average run grade|
|D||John Wetzel||RG||65||42 pass plays, 2 pressures allowed, poor run grade|
|F||R.J. Dill||LT||61||41 pass plays, 2 sacks and 8 pressures allowed|
Laurence Gibson played extremely well in this game. Darrion Weems had a better performance than he did last week against San Diego. The reserve combination of Wetzel and Dill continue to be dreadful.
|A||Ben Gardner||DE||24||1 sack, 2 stops, 3 pressures in 7 pass rushing snaps|
|A||Randy Gregory||DE||23||1 sack, 1 stop, and 1 pressure|
|B||DeMarcus Lawrence||DE||12||1 tackle, 1 pressures|
|B||Ryan Russell||DE||43||1 sack, 2 tackles|
|B||Jeremy Mincey||DE||12||2 pressures in only 5 pass rushing snaps|
|B||Efe Obada||DE||11||1 stop and 2 pressures|
|C||Lavar Edwards||DE||36||1 tackle, 1 pressure|
|D||Greg Hardy||DE||14||No pressures, no run stops|
Fan favorite Ben Gardner had a great game as he vies for one of the final roster spots. Cowboys development project, Efe Obada, also had an impressive showing. Ryan Russell also had a sack, but the 49ers right tackle tripped and fell down given him a clear path to Blaine Gabbert.
|B+||Davon Coleman||DT||32||2 tackles, 2 pressures|
|B||Jack Crawford||DT||12||1 stop, 1 pressure|
|C||Ken Bishop||DT||26||3 tackles, 1 pressure|
Davon Coleman continues his strong preseason. Jack Crawford had a great stop behind the line of scrimmage, but it looked like blown assignment from the 49ers interior line.
|A||Keith Smith||LB||24||5 stops|
|B||Andrew Gachkar||LB||20||2 stops|
|C||Jasper Brinkley||LB||27||3 tackles|
|D||Damien Wilson||LB||20||2 missed tackles|
|D||Kyle Wilber||LB||17||1 stop|
Keith Smith continues his strong play with two big plays for losses. The Cowboys reserve linebackers were less than impressive, but they did play against the 49ers first unit.
|A-||Corey White||CB||26||3 receptions, 14 yards|
|B+||Tyler Patmon||CB||32||2 receptions, -5 yards|
|B||Robert Steeples||CB||37||1 reception, 9 yards|
|C||Orlando Scandrick||CB||12||solid coverage, 1 penalty|
There were strong performances across the board. Corey White had a great pass break-up. Tyler Patmon was solid in coverage. With Orlando Scandrick going down, a new corner to add to the list is Robert Steeples. He played well in reserve duty.
|B||Danny McCray||S||52||3 tackles|
|C||J.J. Wilcox||S||12||2 tackles|
|C||Barry Church||S||12||No tackles, no targets|
|D||Jeff Heath||S||33||2 missed tackles|
The Cowboys starters were solid in minimal action. As far as the backups go, Danny McCray had a better showing than Jeff Heath.
|A||Chris Jones||P||2||56.5 yard average with a 61 yarder|
|C||Lucky Whitehead||PR||17||4 punt returns, 11.4 average, long 26 yards|
|F||Dan Bailey||K||1||Missed 43 yard FG|
After struggling in the postseason last year, Dan Bailey is still off-target. Hopefully, this is something that will disappear shortly.
Laurence Gibson - could give Weems some competition for that swing tackle position.
Randy Gregory - is he supposed to be this good so soon?
Ben Gardner - if he keeps finding himself in the middle of plays, he might find himself on this roster.
Davon Coleman - how is this guy not farther up the depth chart? All he does is make plays.
Keith Smith - he could be playing Jasper Brinkley off the roster.
Corey White - two preseason games, two strong performances.
Chris Jones - his punts would stand out more if they didn't get ran back for a gazillion yards.
Dustin Vaughan - he needs to be put in a time-out.
R.J. Dill - why is this guy allowed on the field? I'd rather Marc Columbo suit up and give the team some reps.
Greg Hardy - big things are expected from this big player. So far, he has been a little sluggish. Hopefully, that all changes once he gets acclimated.
Jeff Heath - the stiff-arm from the 49ers rugby player, Jarryd Hayne, was just embarrassing.
Dan Bailey - hopefully, he'll split'em next time.