Every year 1 or 2, and even sometimes 3, surprise players emerge during training camp. Sometimes it’s a hard hit or a memorable run, other times a players name keeps being mentioned during plays. Last year, Barry Church, Phillip Tanner and Dan Bailey stood out in San Antonio, TX at Cowboys training camp and through out the pre-season. Raymond Radway, a wide receiver prospect for the Dallas Cowboys,
also emerged and in my opinion was headed for the 3rd wide receiver spot until that unfortunate pre season leg injury with 3 freakin’ seconds to play in the last pre-season game. Of course, that helped lead Laurent Robinson to our Dallas Cowboys and that worked out OK, at least for last year. Crazy, with all the scouts and coaches evaluations and talent, fate and dumb luck still have a place at the table helping fill out the final rosters across the NFL.
This year, Dan Bailey is The Dallas Cowboys kicker and as Barry Church and Phillip Tanner try to move farther up the depth chart, new players will be turning heads while trying to make this years Cowboys squad. Who will this year’s surprise players be? At this point it’s a guessing game, but in my opinion the ones to watch are Matt Johnson and Danny Coale.
Danny Coale, I think would have already turned heads at the OTA’s had it not been for injury, and Matt Johnson had to finish school so we weren’t able to get a good look at him either. Danny Coale, if his injury is healed, will not only stand out, he will be (IMO) the 3rd WR when the Cowboys play the Giants in their season opener Sept. 5th. Matt Johnson is a ball hawk and has shown, albeit at Eastern Washington, to be a hard hitter and a leader. Matt could be the Safety the Dallas Cowboys have missed since Darren Woodson retired. I think Barry Church beats out Brodney Pool to start the season, but Matt Johnson will get playing time and may supplant Church before the season’s done.
Those are my guesses. Which players do you think will surprise at Dallas Cowboys training camp this year?