Knee-Jerk reactions from the Cowboys first preseason loss

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Rico Dowdle, Dallas Cowboys
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Knee-Jerk Reaction: The Offense

I am not a fan of Connor Williams keeping the backup center job. If presumed starting center Tyler Biadasz gets injured, the Dallas Cowboys have to make two changes on the offensive line as opposed to one. I am starting to wonder how safe Biadasz is as the starting center.

I think this team could keep Connor Williams at center so that they can get Connor McGovern in the starting lineup and up to speed before Williams becomes a free agent. Keep an eye in camp for these lineman combinations as it could be revealing.

The swing tackle position is up for grabs. I know that is a knee-jerk reaction but I need more awareness than talent from my backup tackle. Ty Nsekhe missed a blitz pickup and looked very slow out of his stance. He was immediately removed from the lineup and that is a very telling sign.

This receiver group is very talented and I wonder if the Cowboys go heavy in order to keep a guy from hitting the waiver wire. Cedrick Wilson looks like a totally different player, in a good way,  wearing that number one jersey. He is likely wideout number four.

Dalton Schultz might end up starting week one but Sean McKeon could be on the cusp of securing his place on this roster. McKeon is a very smooth athlete that isn’t flashy but is in the prescribed place at the prescribed time.

Speaking of offense, I would assume the Cowboys have zero concern over Dak Prescott’s ankle. The team ran more play-action passes than I am accustomed to seeing and that could be good news for Prescott. This team is going to force you to guess where the ball is going and this running game is going to be a threat even when they want to throw the ball.

Running the ball is great when your offensive line can get some push. We have heard the defense is ahead at this point in camp and I can see why. I will say that when this group figures out how to work together, they can and generate some push upfront.

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Running back Rico Dowdle could tell you more as he did have a few nice running lanes to dart through. Dowdle could be a roster casualty based on other positional needs but he looks quicker and more confident than he did last season. I will break down film in the coming days but I am quite confident that the 2021 Dallas Cowboys are heading in the right direction.