The Dallas Cowboys are in the middle of OTA’s and people are taking notice. Notice of QB Dak Prescott’s returned mobility, or notice of absences like TE Dalton Schultz and OT Tyron Smith.
Until training camp, however, this time is really just used to instill the system in any new, young players. Seeing how conditioned players are and who’s making the most of these opportunities that many will continue to see.
In the case of the rookies, the Dallas Cowboys have plenty to overview. The team has nine draft picks and 28 undrafted rookies currently on the 90-man roster. With how the team looks, and the open competition at a number of spots, there’s a high probability we’ll see a large number of them make the final 53-man roster.
There are already a few rookies making an impression. Whether it’s from the media or from Cowboys players themselves, a few are making a name for themselves as players to keep our eyes.
With training camp right around the corner, these are welcomed signs.
OT Tyler Smith
Despite the initial hesitance of Cowboys Nation from their first round draft pick, he’s been nothing but as advertised since the start of OTA’s. Head coach Mike McCarthy has made it clear that he’s not purely a left guard or left tackle, he’s a left-side player.
Observations from Zach Wolchuk, of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, TX, confirmed him taking snaps at both left tackle and left guard. Showing plenty of power and poise.
As the presumed heir-apparent to the Tyron Smith position, him getting plenty of snaps at left tackle in addition to guard is likely going to make the eventual transition easier.
Even All-Pro Micah Parsons is signing his praises for the Dallas Cowboys rookie.
“I think Tyler’s going to be a really good player. He’s a strong kid. He gets his hands on your arms, not too many people get away.”
S/LB Markquese Bell
The Draft Network’s no. 1 HBCU prospect of 2021, Bell’s become an early favorite to be an undrafted free agent to make the final 53-man roster. He is working with Dan Quinn at taking snaps as both a linebacker and safety. In the same breathe as Jayron Kearse.
Bell has the size, athleticism and play-making abilities to create noise for the Cowboys defense. He’s been taking snaps primarily with the second-team defense, as well as rotating with the starters, often alongside Israel Mukuamu to create a Quinn-esq long, tall pair of safeties. Taking advantage of snaps with Kearse and Malik Hooker being held out.
He’s reportedly already got the inside track to make the team, and with the LB room having at least 2-3 open spots, it seems like a solid bet to make.
Best defensive play during OTA media availability came from UDFA S Markquese Bell who picked off a QB Cooper Rush pass during team drills on a fourth and 1 inside the 10.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 25, 2022
WR Jalen Tolbert
Jalen Tolbert is slowly making his way onto the practice fields. Gaining more and more momentum, as he had been held back early in OTA’s.
Since then, he’s made waves as both a punt returner, and filling in at receiver. Getting plenty of reps, and attention from Prescott and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
“He’s a smart guy, he wants to grow. He’s always talking to me about film and what I saw.” Prescott said during the charity Home Run Derby on Tuesday.
“He’s awesome… I think you can tell how prepared he is and how detailed he wants to be. I think he’s going to be a really good addition for us.” Moore said speaking to the media.
Tolbert is going to need to be an offensive asset this season. With the early impressions he’s making on the key faces of that side of the ball, it’s a good start.
Edge Sam Williams
The Dallas Cowboys are looking to make up for the loss of Randy Gregory, with hopes it could potentially come from Sam Williams. He’s already making his presence felt. Both figuratively and literally.
Sam Williams, DeMarcus Lawrence, Dante Fowler pic.twitter.com/dVliCvkQvI— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 25, 2022
His physical and athletic traits have been noted and is even getting additional coaching from Dallas Cowboys past (Charles Haley), present (DeMarcus Lawrence) and future (Micah Parsons). His on-field display, coupled with his surplus of mentors could lead him to seeing increased playing time early.
If Williams continues to impress and take all his coaching, he could end up being the Gregory replacement he’s hoped to be.
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