Despite a loss to the Jaguars in Week 15, the Dallas Cowboys were able to clinch a playoff spot this weekend. With the New York Giants securing a win over the Washington Commanders, that made it impossible for Dallas to be on the outside looking in, no matter how the final three games fall.
Of course, this team isn’t interested in backing into the playoffs. They want to be at full strength, and that means they’re going to give it all they have down the stretch.
Additionally, fans might not see these three players who haven’t performed as expected. No room for error.
3 Cowboys players fans might not see again in 2022
3. Josh Ball, Offensive Tackle
In the 2021 NFL Draft, Dallas took a flyer on Josh Ball, who was kicked off the Florida State football team when he was accused of dating violence. Ball went the long route to get to the NFL, as he headed to Butler Community College, then Marshall University.
Eventually, he landed with Dallas as a fourth-round pick. They hoped he would develop into a swing tackle, and maybe more one day, but as we near the end of his second season in the NFL, it’s more likely he’ll be looking for a new home soon rather than starting in Big D.
Ball has been a problem in pass protection, which was on display against Houston. Not only was he the one who allowed a strip-sack on Dak Prescott, but he allowed the pressure that forced Prescott to hurry his pass on a late fourth-quarter pick.
Now that Tyron Smith is back, there’s no reason to see Ball on the field again. Even if Smith doesn’t finish the season healthy, going with Jason Peters would be the best option — even if he is in his 40s now and has lost a step.