The Dallas Cowboys have a few players that could sneak onto the 53-man roster who were long shots prior to training camp.
Each year, when the pads come on, some NFL players come alive that fans have never heard of prior to training camp. That’s true for the Dallas Cowboys this year.
America’s Team has three players that I believe could sneak onto the Cowboys final roster come September 1st. And all three were unknown long shots prior to the start of camp.
I will begin with the most obvious choice…
Quarterback Cooper Rush
Cooper Rush was a four year starter for Central Michigan in college. Coming into camp, Rush was buried on the Cowboys depth chart behind Dak Prescott, Kellen Moore and Zac Dysert. After Dysert went down due to a back injury, Dallas signed veteran quarterback Luke McCown. But Rush hasn’t relinquished any reps to the journeyman.
Much like Prescott did last year, Rush has seized his opportunity when another player went down with injury.
Moore has been less than impressive as the backup to Prescott this summer and has left the door open for Rush to sneak into that second quarterback position.
Keep an eye on Cooper as he finishes this preseason as he has a real chance to steal a spot on this roster that looked like a long-shot at best a month ago.
Cornerback Duke Thomas
Duke Thomas is another player that most fans will likely say “who?” when asked about him. He is such an unknown player that he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page setup.
All jokes aside, Thomas has shown up this summer. He appears to be a sure-fire tackler and has been in the vicinity of the ball a lot of his reps he has received.
This is another player that has seized his opportunity while other players have been out with injuries. If Thomas keeps up his play the final two preseason games, he has a chance to stick on this roster.
Defensive lineman Lewis Neal
Lewis Neal has quietly had a very productive camp. During the games thus far Neal has been all over the tape when he gets in the game.
The Cowboys own second-team offensive line has had their hands full with Neal. He comes from Louisiana State and appears to be a late-bloomer.
After last year’s record of 13-3, it will be hard for any players to crack the bottom of this roster. These three appear to have the best chance of doing so as of right now.