Cowboys vs. Texans preseason stock watch: 4 up, 3 down

Quarterback Ben DiNucci #7 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben DiNucci #7 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Garrett Gilbert, Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #3 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys took on the Houston Texans in the Battle of the Lone Star State on Saturday night. For the Cowboys, it was their third preseason contest of the year and their third straight loss.

Following the exhibition and with only one preseason game left to be played, several players saw their stock rise or fall following their performances. Here are some of our best guesses are to whose stock is up following the game, and whose is down.

Stock Down: Garrett Gilbert, QB

The backup quarterback situation in Dallas is looking bleak with Garrett Gilbert seemingly set to be the primary sub for starter Dak Prescott. Admittedly, most NFL teams will struggle to win if they lose their starting passer.

But the Cowboys are especially at risk considering Prescott is coming off a devastating ankle injury that ended his season prematurely last year and he’s now dealing with a muscle strain that will sideline him for the entire preseason.

Despite being in the NFL for eight years, Gilbert has only one NFL start under his belt. And we are beginning to see why as he has a dangerous tendency to hold the ball too long in the pocket which resulted in a critical turnover on a strip-sack Saturday night. He’d end the game completing three of his five pass attempts for no scores or interceptions, and a lost fumble.

The Cowboys’ brass should be in full search mode the next couple of weeks hoping a better solution comes available to help secure the position behind Prescott as Gilbert doesn’t appear to be the answer.