Can you believe it? The Dallas Cowboys’ last preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks is tonight, which means the NFL season is just over two weeks away!
This week, the team made five roster moves to get the roster number from 85 to 80, including cutting kicker Lirim Hajrullahu. Now, the 80 remaining players are fighting for their chance to make the final 53-man roster, which must be set by this upcoming Tuesday at 3 pm CST.
For many depth players and rookies, this is their last chance to shine and prove themselves before the regular season begins. It’s also the Cowboys’ first game back at AT&T Stadium since their frustrating loss to the San Francisco 49ers back on January 16.
Let’s take a look at some players to keep an eye on for tonight’s matchup in Dallas.
4 Cowboys players to watch in the final preseason game against the Seahawks
1. Malik Davis, RB
During camp in Oxnard, it seemed like the RB3 position was pretty much going to Rico Dowdle. Running backs coach Skip Peete emphasized in July that the RB3 role would be far more important than some may think. With Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard sharing time and Pollard expected to do some receiver work, the RB3 will get a lot more reps than normal.
While Dowdle is still a great option, undrafted free agent RB Malik Davis has made a name for himself in the preseason. Davis has plenty of competition on the depth chart with Dowdle and UDFA Aaron Shampklin also fighting for a spot, but his strong performances have made fans and reporters look at him more than before.
In the Cowboys’ first preseason game against the Denver Broncos, Davis led the team in rushing yards with 51, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also showed his receiving capability with three catches for 16 yards.
Against the Chargers, Davis had eight carries for 37 yards to go along with a touchdown. His strong legs were on display many times in the Dallas victory.
Although KaVontae Turpin was a star in last weekend’s matchup, people may forget that Davis had a huge block that played a part in one of Turpin’s touchdowns. The UDFA is proving that he can be useful in several phases and isn’t just a back with rushing capability.
Another thing to remember is that Pollard is a free agent next year and Elliott has an out in his contract. Keeping Davis around for the future of this running back room could be a smart idea by the Cowboys.