Previously we broke down both team’s offense and defense for the upcoming game between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. Now we dive back into the position battleground, this time looking at how each team’s rookie class stacks up against each other.
NT Mazi Smith (First Round)
Johnathan Hankins is out for this game so we will get to see plenty of Mazi Smith this week. The Bills running backs love to primarily run to one of two places, either outside the left tackle or down the right a-gap. One of those directions puts Smith right in the spotlight and we get to see how he plays when given a larger role to play. This is his chance to show he was worthy of a first-round pick.
TE Luke Schoonmaker (Second Round)
We can say a lot about Schoonmaker and his lack of receiving production this year. But his blocking efficiency is something that was good to begin with and has gotten better as the season has drawn on. If Schoonmaker can improve his receiving game by next year, it will be fun to imagine what it would be like with both Ferguson and Schoomaker out there.
K Brandon Aubrey (UDFA)
There is no stopping this man, he’s a kicking machine. Mike McCarthy opted to put Aubrey through his paces and attempt a 60-yard field goal, which was then followed by a 59-yard field goal. Aubrey continued his mind-blowing perfect season. He’s now the first NFL player to make two field goals of 59-yards longer in one game, and this is a rookie!
FB Hunter Luepke (UDFA)
He played eight snaps on offense last week, five of those as a run blocker. Special teams is his calling card at the moment and looks to be where it will stay for this season.
TE Dalton Kincaid (First Round)
A lot of Cowboys fans were hoping this would be a name the Cowboys front office would call in the 2023 NFL Draft. But he got pinched before there was chance. This year he ranks fifth in receptions, 13th in receiving yards, 20th in touchdowns and 11th in yards after the catch among tight ends. His downfall has been his blocking, but given time he should develop that part since his receiving ability is already at a high standard.
OG O’Cyrus Torrence (Second Round)
Again it’s another name thrown around by Cowboys fans in last year’s draft. Torrence was one of the premier inside offensive linemen in the draft but the Cowboys went elsewhere. He’s been hot or cold this year, which is a theme with the Bills team. He’s given up the second-most pressures and sacks on the team and the the fifth-most pressures in the NFL among offensive guards. His run blocking was always a question during the draft period, and it’s still a question today.
LB Dorian Williams (Third Round)
Williams has seen a fair amount of work this year on defense playing 200 snaps at linebacker. He’s very much a hybrid linebacker that could play box safety or Will linebacker that can chase ball carriers down with his levels of acceleration and burst. A big negative for him this year, missed tackles. His missing tackles at an alarmingly high rate and as such, since Week 7 he’s seen his snap count reduce with each passing week. If he works on reactions and anticipation, the rest should start getting easier for him.
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