I have to admit I tuned into last night’s second preseason game not knowing what to expect from Jason Garrett’s Cowboys following that awful showing on Monday Night Football against the Raiders less than a week ago, but as the game began I was pleasantly surprised.
The Star of the Game and the real hope of optimism for the 2012 season began with Brandon Carr’s first interception of Phillip Rivers in which he showed natural ball skills and recovery speed not seen in Dallas since current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders wore #21 in Big D. Carr attacked the football beating WR Robert Meachem for the interception, and his 2nd interception was pure beauty, showing outstanding hands and even more playmaking ability.
As great as Carr was, another huge question mark was answer last night as well. The unstable wide receiver position that had the Cowboys front office questioning whether or not to sign Plaxico Burress took a huge leap forward. To begin, I have to mention the outstanding effort and amazing athletic catch by Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone. Although it didn’t count due to slightly tapping his foot on the line and a holding call, it was a pure Randy Moss like effort. Kevin Ogletree and rookie standout Cole Beasley stepped up big time and now are deadlocked for the starting 3rd WR spot. Beasley showed great talent catching 7 passes for 104 yards and looked great in the slot. He seems to have chemistry already with Tony Romo and is one young player to watch this upcoming season.
Cowboy fans have reason for even more optimism due to the fact that returning this week and seeing action in the all-important 3rd pre-season home opener is guard Nate Livings, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer and possibly WR Mile Austin.
For a team decimated with injuries, I was very satisfied with the play and effort of our Cowboys, and I have to admit I let out a large sigh of relief at halftime on Saturday night because it looks like the real 2012 Cowboys finally showed up, I guess they just began the pre-season one week late.