Dallas Cowboys: 3 biggest takeaways from the preseason

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2. The best ability is availability for the Dallas Cowboys

After watching the Cowboys go 0-4 in the preseason it became evident that the key players on the roster must stay healthy this year for the team to have success. The backup quarterback position looks like a mess, despite claiming Will Grier off waivers from Carolina.

Also, the backup offensive line unit did not look very good in the preseason. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins have been riddled by injuries in recent years but keeping them on the field is a must for this offense.

On defense, linebacker looks to have solid depth with Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Keanu Neal, and Jabril Cox. But, the rest of the defense has little to no depth. The defensive line has DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory and a bunch of unproven players. While I like Osa Odighizuwa, Dorance Armstrong, and Bradlee Anae they each have little to no playing time in the NFL.

Then for the secondary, Dallas is one injury away from having to start a pair of rookies. Second-round pick Kelvin Joseph is already hurt with a groin injury, and Nahshon Wright would best serve as a backup for the first few weeks.

You could say staying healthy is the most important thing for any team. But for the Cowboys, not having much depth on the offensive line or defense makes health all that more important.