The Dallas Cowboys roster continues to take shape as the 2023 NFL regular season rapidly approaches. Although the preseason is of no playoff consequence, it's certainly meaningful when you are evaluating individual players, roster battles, depth chart positioning, and more.
Players can make a name for themselves in the preseason and use the momentum they build in exhibition games to be able to contribute in meaningful ways when the games actually matter. And the Cowboys' roster is very deep. It's one of the better all-around rosters in the league right now and there are young players stepping up in the preseason to make it even better.
3 Cowboys players with soaring stock after Seahawks game
3. Kelvin Joseph, cornerback
To say it's been a bit of a rocky road for Kelvin Joseph in the NFL so far would be a bit of an understatement. Joseph was a second-round pick out of Kentucky and there have been some talks early on in his career that maybe he'd be a trade or even cut candidate.
But growth in the NFL is not always linear, as Joseph is finding out. He's only played 330 defensive snaps in his first two NFL seasons total, but he's pushing to be more involved so far in the preseason.
Joseph didn't allow any completions in the Cowboys first preseason game against the Jaguars. He allowed very little against the Seahawks and forced multiple incompletions. Part of the reason he's having success is that Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn now has him aligning in the nickel and not just outside.
"Moving Joseph to the slot appears to be yet another genius decision by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and the rest of the Cowboys's defensive coaching staff. And if we're being honest, it just might've saved Joseph's career, as he went from a player who looked on his way out of the NFL to a core special teamer who is rapidly developing into a quality slot cornerback."- John Owning, Pro Football Focus
Quinn has been pushing all the right buttons for the Dallas defense, so this should come as no surprise. He's not only been outstanding at helping get the defense back to a certain level of competency (and even dominance in some areas) but he's also really helping a ton with player development and maximizing talent.