Who Will Be The Next Face Of The Cowboys Defense?

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Aug 23, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back Tyler Patmon (far right) celebrates with teammates after catching a touchdown pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are busy preparing for this year’s last preseason game against the Denver Broncos tomorrow night. The safest prediction is that it won’t be a repeat of last seasons high scoring shoot-out, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be exciting to watch. The game won’t feature our mega stars: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray or DeMarcus Ware (oops!).

This game is for everyone that has ever cheered for the underdogs and the long shots. For many of our players, it could possibly be their last time ever playing with The Star on their helmet under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium. Expect 100% from everyone tonight – which will probably lead to an insane amount of penalties – but I can respect effort and hustle.

During this game, I’ll be watching and hoping for a few things. Everyone find a piece of wood to knock on because the first wish is for everyone to be healthy at the end of the game. I would like to see our first team defense play two series. I’ve heard a lot about expected Week 1 starters like Henry Melton playing well in practice, but practice and game conditions are two different beasts (even if a preseason game is “practice”).

Our rookie defensive tackle, Davon Coleman #60, has been the lone consistent preseason defensive line standout. Zach Minter made a splash in the later weeks. Coleman had 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in his final year at Arizona State. George Selvie and Jason Hatcher thrived last year, while Nick Hayden didn’t have a sack and did little to contribute. Coleman will do a lot of pushing. He will push offensive linemen upfield while pushing Hayden down the depth chart and possibly off the team.

In the secondary, the only “locks” are Brandon Carr, Sterling Moore and Barry Church. While Orlando Scandrick serves his four week suspension, we’ll see Morris Claiborne for a few minutes. In this preseason game or in week one, Claiborne will get beat badly on a play. He’s going to limp to the sideline holding his pituitary gland or something and Tyler Patmon will take the field.

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