Every Dallas Cowboys fan should be glued to their televisions Sunday night as America’s Team faces off against the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game. The game should serve as a good barometer to measure the Cowboys roster depth, especially with the number of injuries suffered along the offensive and defensive line since the beginning of camp just two week ago. And with the majority of the starters “ridin’ the pine” in this one, here are five Cowboy players who should actually play that every fan should be watching on Sunday night:
Safety Matt Johnson – After an injured plagued rookie season, Johnson has finally made it to the playing field for the Cowboys. But in his first two weeks of camp, his play has been rather unspectacular. Dallas coaches continue to back him in the media, saying he’s getting time in and that this is really his rookie year. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Johnson, actually rookie J.J. Wilcox has been stealing all the press. Regardless of Johnson’. current playing level, he has yet to make a real splash in training camp. This first preseason game could provide the right forum for him to actually make Johnson worth the lost roster spot the Cowboys sacrificed for him last season.
Quarterback Alex Tanney – Most of you have probably already seen Tanney’s much talked about YouTube video by now. (If not, I’ll place it below) The 6-4, 220 lbs. project from unknown division III Monmouth College came to Dallas via the Kansas City Chiefs. Tanney played just one preseason game for the Chiefs last year before being placed on Injured Reserve for a season-ending hand injury. He has tremendous arm strength and Cowboy coaches have been pleasantly surprised how well he’s picked up their system since signing with the team less then two weeks ago. Although Tanney’s chances of making the team outside of the practice squad are pretty slim, he could really make a name for himself in this game. Until Tanney shows what he can do in a game, he’ll simply be known for making an awesome YouTube video.
See the other three players to watch, on the next page…