The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-20 in Sunday’s Hall of Fame game in Canton, OH. The game was the culmination of the NFL’s kickoff weekend and officially the start of the preseason. While a majority of starters on both teams sat out this first game, it was primarily a showcase of unknown players who rarely get this opportunity during the regular season. This was their time to shine…their Super Bowl, if you will.
NFL coaches use this type of game to help gauge whether a player has what it takes when the lights are really on. When America is watching. Some players blossom in training camp only to wither when they know millions of people are watching. This is also a time for the unknowns to make a name for themselves.
Players like defensive end George Selvie. Signed to the team less than two weeks ago, Selvie put up an MVP-type performance recording three tackles and two sacks in the game. He was joined by rookie sixth round pick linebacker DeVonte Holloman, who intercepted Dolphins’ quarterback Matt Moore and ran the ball back down the field 75 yards to score a defensive touchdown.
Also shining was rookie running back Joseph Randle, who showed more consistency then he has in training camp. That should be a good confidence boost for him going forward. And fellow running back Phillip Tanner had an equally successful game, running the ball with a lot of toughness and grit. All of these players certainly helped themselves in the eyes of both fans and coaches alike on Sunday.
On the other end, wideout Cole Beasley’s performance seemed to be sub-par when compared to last year. This was his opportunity to make a big impact on the team, especially in kick returns. But his lackluster play and drops on the offensive side of the ball hurt him a bit. Safety Matt Johnson seemed to be playing well until he injured his ankle in the second quarter. Although he was cleared to play later on, for him to suffer an injury in his first game as a Cowboy after spending all last season injured is disheartening. And one of the bigger names in camp has been wideout Eric Rogers. But he failed to make a reception in the game. Granted, he was only thrown to twice. Rogers did, however, make a key block for a touchdown run by Kendial Lawrence. But all of these players will have more opportunities to shine soon as the Cowboys have four more preseason games to play.
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