Dallas Cowboys football is finally here! We know… it’s still the preseason. But it’s our first chance to see the rookies in action and get a glimpse of what this roster can do against another team.
Tomorrow, the Cowboys are in Denver to take on the Broncos in their first preseason game of 2022. The game will be at Empower Field at Mile High and starts at 8 pm CST. Local Dallas fans can follow along on CBS 11 or 105.3 The Fan.
While we may not get to see much of new quarterback Russell Wilson or see former Cowboys DE Randy Gregory in his new garb, there are several players to look out for on this Broncos team. Their blockbuster offseason moves and fancy, new purchase by the Walton-Penner group show this team is ready to have a big turnaround year.
As is always the case in the preseason, there will be several rookies and depth pieces vying for a spot on this 53-man roster. Here are five to watch out for.
5 Broncos players to watch for in the Cowboys’ first preseason game
5. Mike Boone, RB
Boone is entering his fifth year in the NFL and his second year with Denver. After playing collegiate football at Cincinnati, Boone went undrafted but was picked up by the Minnesota Vikings where he spent his first three years. His strongest season was in 2019 when he had 49 rushes for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Boone has the talent but was just never quite given the chance to shine because he was sitting on the bench behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.
The RB normally plays a bigger part on special teams, but this preseason game will be a chance for him to prove himself as a viable backup for Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon. Given his $2.1 million cap hit for 2022, Boone is seen as a cut candidate, so shining in the preseason is a must for him.
The Cincinnati product will need to shine fellow UDFAs Damarea Crockett and Tyreik McAllister who are both on the roster for far less cash.
Boone could be a valuable asset to Wilson. The RB was once a receiver in high school, so he is a back who can offer versatility and extra speed that others can’t. The Broncos could do something similar with Boone as the Cowboys are planning to do with Tony Pollard.