Dallas Cowboys: 3 whose stock rose Week 5, and 2 who fell

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Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: LB Jabril Cox

Looking for a player to keep your eye on going forward? Look no further than linebacker Jabril Cox. Following Jaylon Smith’s recent release, the rookie from LSU could stand to benefit the most from the newly up for grabs snaps.

On Sunday, he saw only four defensive snaps, but he made his presence felt in them. Particularly, he made one of the biggest plays of the game when he brought Daniel Jones down before the goal line for a huge third and goal stop. Jones, unfortunately, did not return to the game after the collision and is now in concussion protocol. Late in the fourth quarter, Cox also recovered a Giants onside kick to help put the game on ice.

Jabril Cox hasn’t played enough to have had a big breakout game quite yet, but it feels like only a matter of time. Someone is going to need to take over the snaps vacated by Smith’s release and he seems like an obvious answer.

He also offers the Cowboys a few things that Smith couldn’t at this point in his career. Coming out of LSU, Cox was widely regarded for his coverage skills, an area of Smith’s game that was arguably his weakest.

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I think the future is bright for Jabril Cox as long as keeps taking advantage of these opportunities. He’s off to a good start making the most of his limited playing time so far. Expect to see a lot more of him going forward.