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  • Cowboys' Joe Thomas: Shines in preseason rout

    Thomas blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    His solo effort on special teams gave the Cowboys a 14-0 lead on their way to a 34-0 rout, and Thomas almost added to his night on the Texans' next possession, jumping an underneath route and nearly coming up with an interception that likely would have resulted in a pick-six. The former Packer won't see many snaps on defense until the linebacking corps is hit hard by injuries, but he gives Dallas some experienced depth at the position and is a big contributor on special teams as well.

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  • Cowboys' Kerry Hyder: Two sacks against Texans

    Hyder recorded two sacks in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    Even without DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) or Robert Quinn (hand/suspension) in the lineup, Dallas' defensive line dominated in the trenches all night, sacking Houston quarterbacks eight times in total, with Hyder tying Taco Charlton for the team lead. The former Lion does have an eight-sack season on his resume from 2016, but Hyder likely won't make this kind of impact during the regular season, instead giving the Cowboys some depth and flexibility with his ability to create pressure from either the outside or inside.

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  • Cowboys' Cedrick Wilson: Makes impact in return game

    Wilson caught three of four targets for 37 yards and returned three punts for 45 yards, including a 32-yard return that set up a one-yard touchdown run for Alfred Morris in the second quarter, during Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    A sixth-round pick in 2018 out of Boise State, Wilson spent all of last season on IR after shoulder surgery and then suffered a concussion in the Cowboys' first preseason game this year, but he made his presence felt in his return to the lineup Saturday. Wilson's ability to provide a threat in the return game could end up giving him an edge in the competition to secure a depth WR role on the initial 53-man roster.

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  • Cowboys' Tavon Austin: Quiet preseason continues

    Austin caught his only target for 22 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    He made a nice catch down the sidelines on Cooper Rush's first toss of the night, but Austin faded into the woodwork after that. The veteran speedster gives the Cowboys some depth at wide receiver and as an option on jet sweeps and other such gadget plays, but his fantasy value even in formats that count all-purpose yards could be shrinking -- rookie WR Cedrick Wilson returned punts for Dallas on Saturday instead of Austin, and looked very good doing it.

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  • Cowboys' Randall Cobb: Limited action Saturday

    Cobb caught his only target for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    The Cowboys' first-team offense was only on the field for two drives, but Cobb still hooked up with Dak Prescott for a nice catch over the middle that helped set up the first touchdown of the night. The former Packer is set as the slot receiver for his new squad, and if Amari Cooper (foot) isn't 100 percent to begin the regular season, Cobb could see more targets than expected out of the gate.

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  • Cowboys' Jordan Chunn: Scores TD against Texans

    Chunn carried the ball seven times for 25 yards and caught both of his targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    The second-year back out of Troy spent all of 2018 on the practice squad, and Chunn showed why the Cowboys have kept him around with an impressive 12-yard TD catch in the third quarter Saturday. If Ezekiel Elliott's holdout extends into the regular season, there could be an opening for a third RB behind Tony Pollard and Alfred Morris on the initial 53-man roster, but Chunn would still have to beat out seventh-round pick Mike Weber, as well as the athletic Darius Jackson, to claim it.

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  • Cowboys' Alfred Morris: Finds end zone against Texans

    Morris carried the ball five times for 18 yards and a touchdown while failing to catch his only target in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    The veteran back got stuffed at the goal line on his initial push but bounced outside for a one-yard TD in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 34-0 rout of their in-state rivals. Morris seems to be part of the plan in case Ezekiel Elliott's holdout extends into the regular season, but Tony Pollard is the likely starter in the event Zeke misses Week 1's tilt against the Giants.

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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Solid preseason continues

    Rush completed 15 of 25 passes for 173 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

    The third-year QB has played error-free, if not exactly electric, football this preseason, completing 61.2 percent of his passes (41-for-67) for 408 yards (6.1 YPA) with a 1:0 TD:INT through three games. Unless the Cowboys front office looks outside the organization when rosters get cut down for a veteran alternative, Rush appears locked into the No. 2 spot behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart.

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  • Cowboys' Devin Smith: Leads team in receiving yardage

    Smith caught six of 10 targets for 79 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

    Smith caught some eyes after the first-string offense left the game, leading the team in targets, receptions and receiving yardage. He was rather consistent, posting a long gain of 16 yards while averaging 13.2 yards per catch. Smith has made a name for himself in recent weeks and seems to be making the most of his opportunity to earn a roster spot. Another strong performance Thursday against the Buccaneers could do just that for him.

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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Totals 36 scrimmage yards

    Pollard gained 26 yards on six carries and added two catches for 10 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

    Pollard averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry and looked especially explosive on a 20-yard carry in the first quarter. He also added a pair of five-yard receptions before taking a seat in the second period. The exciting rookie has certainly caught some eyes during the preseason and seems to be the likeliest option to step into a prominent role during the duration of Ezekiel Elliott's holdout. Should it extend into the regular season, Pollard would be poised to start in Week 1 against the Giants.

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  • Cowboys' Michael Gallup: Catches TD pass versus Texans

    Gallup caught one of his three targets for a 12-yard touchdown during Saturday's 34-0 preseason win against the Texans.

    While Gallup hauled in just one pass thrown his way, he made the most of it by shrugging off a defender and making a contested catch in the end zone on the team's second drive of the game. He nearly added a beautiful 21-yard catch and run to the end zone on the next possession, only to see it called back because of a penalty. There is a good chance Gallup is rested for the final exhibition contest against the Buccaneers, but he appears poised to take a step forward once the regular season begins.

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  • Cowboys' Dak Prescott: Tosses TD pass before exiting

    Prescott completed two of five pass attempts for 22 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

    After misfiring on both of his attempts on the initial drive, Prescott took advantage of a short field on the next possession, which he concluded with a nifty 12-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup. He then gave way to Cooper Rush and has seemingly seen his final action of the preseason schedule. The fourth-year signal caller has led the first-team offense efficiently in limited action and appears ready to go. Of course, Prescott's unsettled contract situation and the absence of teammate Ezekiel Elliott could be distracting, but he could flourish in what should be an improved offensive scheme.

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  • Cowboys' Sean Lee: Sits out Saturday, expects to play Week 1

    Lee said his knee is "just not right," so he sat out of Saturday's preseason matchup with Houston, but expects to play Week 1, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Lee was hoping to play Saturday, but it seems his knee wasn't cooperating. The 33-year-old was a full participant in practice this week and doesn't seem worried about his Week 1 status. Even when healthy, Lee still seems slated for a decreased role in Dallas' linebacking corps with the emergence of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

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  • Cowboys' Taco Charlton: Getting MRI on ankle

    Charlton will get an MRI to assess an injury to his ankle, although he doesn't believe it to be serious, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Charlton underwent an ankle scope in mid-May and was healthy going into Dallas' preseason matchup with the 49ers on Aug. 15. It's unclear if the ankle injury he sustained Saturday is to the same ankle as the one that irritated him over the summer. If the injury is more serious than the 24-year-old believes and he misses any time, Jalen Jelks and Kerry Hyder would be next in line to receive extra reps.

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  • Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Team confident of deal before Week 1

    Executive VP Stephen Jones expressed Friday that he is confident Elliott and the Cowboys will agree to terms on a new contract prior to Week 1, according to Todd Archer of

    While appearing on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Friday, Jones was asked about Elliott's status, and he noted that "things happen real quick" in contract negotiations. "Sometimes in hours," Jones added. While Jones expressed optimism a deal would get reached, he also added, "I don't think we're close because there's not a lot of activity." As such, it seems both sides have a number in mind at the moment, but neither is willing to budge. All in all, Jones' comments indicate it shouldn't take long to come to an agreement once one side is willing to give a little, but for now, the impasse continues, and Elliott's availability for Week 1 hangs in the balance.

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2018 Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 122.7
Def. 94.6


Player Injury
A. Cooper WR Amari Cooper WR Heel
D. Lawrence DE Demarcus Lawrence DE Shoulder - Labrum
R. Quinn DE Robert Quinn DE Suspension
S. Lee OLB Sean Lee OLB Knee
C. Westry CB Chris Westry CB Hamstring

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