3 Cowboys position battles that have already been decided at training camp

It’s only week three of training camp, but these position battles have already been decided. 
Aug 1, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (18) runs during training
Aug 1, 2023; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (18) runs during training / Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports
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Just like the NFL offseason, Dallas Cowboys training camp is flying by.

Week 3 is underway in Oxnard and the Cowboys play their first preseason game Saturday against the Jaguars. Dallas would love nothing more than to extract revenge on Jacksonville after their overtime loss last season, but Mike McCarthy has publicly stated that the team's starters won't see much action.

That's always been the expectation, though. The first and second week of preseason is all about roster bubble players getting a chance to shine and other players higher on the depth chart aiming to put a stamp on their position battles.

Some Cowboys, though, performed well enough to wrap up their position battles on the practice field. With that in mind, let's underline some battles that have (seemingly) already been decided.

3. Rico Dowdle RB2 over Malik Davis

This is likely subject to change more than the other two "determined" position battles, but it's noteworthy that Rico Dowdle was listed as the No. 2 running back ahead of Malik Davis on the Cowboys first unofficial depth chart.

A number of Cowboys reporters and fans believe Dowdle is the better back -- not that there's a massive gap -- and this is indicative of that.

Mike McCarthy has spoken glowingly of Dowdle, who captained the Cowboys special teams unit against the Giants last season. The fact he can contribute on special teams makes him a virtual lock for the 53-man roster, but there might not be a big role for him in that regard if he's serving as RB2 behind Tony Pollard.

The only concern with Dowdle is injuries, so it'd be foolish to think he has a stranglehold on the backup job. He's suffered a season-ending injury in each of his first two seasons, and has seven total carries in his career.

If Dowdle can remain upright, the RB2 job is his to lose.