3 major takeaways from Cowboys preseason loss to Seahawks

  • A young defender shines 
  • Is the RB2 battle settled? 
  • Struggles looming for touted rookie? 
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The Dallas Cowboys fell to 0-2 in preseason after their loss to the Seahawks on Saturday. Unfortunately, the team's performance was overshadowed by the season-ending ACL injury to DeMarvion Overshown, who was primed to have a big role on defense and special teams as a rookie.

Additionally, promising UDFA tight end John Stephens Jr. is out for the year with a torn ACL. The former wide receiver was making a strong charge for a roster spot amid a strong training camp and preseason.

It's gutting news for two promising young players, but the show must go on.

The Cowboys still played a football game this weekend and there are plenty of things we learned, both in terms of position battles and players' outlooks for the upcoming season.

3. Sam Williams can reach double-digit sacks in 2023

Williams played like a man possessed against the Seahawks after a surprisingly quiet preseason opener. Speed is largely pegged as Williams' calling card as a pass rusher, but he flashed excellent lower-body strength to power his way into the backfield for a third down sack of Geno Smith.

The 2022 second-round pick finished with two tackles and the aforementioned sack, but he was active at the line of scrimmage while he was out there.

Williams did commit a killer roughing the passer penalty that set the stage for a Seahawks touchdown. Perhaps the young DE was playing with too much energy, but it was more of an accidental hit than anything else.

The main takeaway is Williams is primed for a breakout year after he produced four sacks, 10 tackles for loss and nine QB hits as a rookie.

In terms of raw talent and ability to make splash plays, he should be third in the DE pecking order behind Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence -- even if he lacks the experience and versatility of veterans Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler -- and should contend for double-digit sacks in year two.