Welcome to the Cowboys Corral: a collection of notable topics surrounding the Dallas Cowboys, from Dak Prescott to the defense and everything in between.
Dak Prescott participated in competitive team drills on Wednesday for the first time since late July. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been limited over the past month, and it has been obvious how badly he wants to get back on the field.
In his first action back, Prescott impressed. He threw in 11-on-11 drills, completing all but one of his passes on the day. Prescott threw 12 passes on 18 snaps, completing 11 of them. He displayed some impressive touch and accuracy, too.
— Andre’ Jackson (@therealdre_jack) August 25, 2021
The Cowboys have been saying all along that Prescott is fine and that him being limited is for precautionary reasons. Prescott certainly performed well in his first drills back from a long time off.
THIRD RUNNING BACK SPOT IN QUESTION
Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are both obviously making the 53-man roster. The question is whether or not Dallas opts to keep a third running back for depth and special team purposes.
Rico Dowdle was the best-bet to be that third running back on the roster. Dowdle made the roster a season ago, and he has done nothing to really jeopardize his spot this year; however, the former South Carolina ball carrier saw his season come to an end.
A blow to the Cowboys’ RB depth: second-year standout Rico Dowdle has been placed on injured reserve. Out for year.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 25, 2021
This provides opportunities for JaQuan Hardy and Brenden Knox, but it seems unlikely that either make the regular season squad without another injury. Fullback Sewo Olonilua may be the only other back on the roster to open the season.
BATTLE AT QB2?
Garrett Gilbert has been leading the charge in the backup quarterback race, but the gap may have been closed by Cooper Rush. Rush, who at this point is a Cowboys veteran, looked excellent in the preseason game versus the Texans.
Rush is familiar with Kellen Moore and appears to have a good relationship with Prescott, both of which can play a role in him making the roster. It still seems safe to believe Gilbert is in the lead, but the Cowboys are giving Rush first-team reps to close out preseason action.
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— AtoZ Sports Dallas (@AtoZDallas) August 23, 2021
Another strong performance from Rush would make things even more interesting.
DB DEPTH IS REAL CONCERN
Trevon Diggs has had an impressive training camp and preseason. That says a lot, considering that he is consistently matched up with Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup.
Other than him though, there is real concern in the secondary. For one, the safety position is depleted right now due to injuries and COVID-19 protocols. Donovan Wilson left practice on Wednesday because of a groin injury.
Additionally, Malik Hooker, Damontae Kazee, and Israel Mukuamu have all spent time in COVID protocol. This shouldn’t impact week one — Mukuamu returned to practice on Wednesday — but it still something that is worth keeping an eye on.
#Cowboys have a COVID situation: S Domante Kazee and OL Connor Williams are being added to the COVID-19 list after testing positive. They join WR CeeDee Lamb, S Malik Hooker, DT Carlos Watkins, and S Israel Mukuamu on the list. DC Dan Quinn is also in isolation.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 25, 2021
The Dallas Cowboys can ill-afford to lose anybody — much less multiple players — at safety right now. Hooker and Kazee are already coming off season-ending injuries from last year, while Wilson is dealing with an injury himself right now.
In positive news, Maurice Canady has performed at a high-level in camp and in the preseason. Once thought to be on the outside looking in on the roster, Canady is a pretty safe bet to make the roster. He has looked like the best slot corner on the roster and offers special teams ability.
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