Cowboys studs and duds from Preseason Week 2 vs. Chargers

Cowboys, KaVontae Turpin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Stud: KaVontae Turpin, KR

When the Cowboys signed KaVontae Turpin this summer, it was expected that he would have a shot at making the team as a return specialist. Turpin, who was the USFL MVP, made one play after another for the New Jersey Generals thanks to his incredible speed and shiftiness.

While he didn’t get a real chance to show this off against Denver, he made up for it with his first touch on Saturday night. Right after the Chargers scored on a short field goal to take a 3-0 lead, Turpin exploded for a 98-yard touchdown on the kick return.

Turpin wasn’t done there either. He got another shot with roughly a minute to go until the half, and this time, he took a punt 72-yards to the house after side-stepping one defender that nearly stopped him as soon as he caught it.

To top things off, he also took a double-reverse and ran seven yards, which was also impressive since it appeared there was nothing there when he first got the ball.

Dud: Braylon Jones, G

Backup guard Braylon Jones had a game to forget. The second-year lineman was called for holding on the second play of the third quarter which negated an 11-yard run by Malik Davis.

An incomplete pass from Will Grier followed and the Cowboys were suddenly facing a third-and-14, but then Jones was hit with another flag. This time, it was a false start as he forced the offense into a third-and-19, which led to them running the ball to set up a punt.

Outside of Connor McGovern, it feels like every reserve spot for the interior of the line is open and Jones put himself behind some of the other players with his struggles.

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