Dallas Cowboys fans can hardly wait to see how Deuce Vaughn is utilized in the offense after he shined in preseason. It's fair to assume Vaughn will be eased in, but he could receive a handful of touches per game as the lead receiving back behind starter Tony Pollard and RB2 Rico Dowdle.
In preseason, Vaughn posted 64 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry. Impressive numbers for the 2023 sixth-round pick, who also forced five missed tackles and notched two explosive runs, per PFF.
Having already shown enough to make the 53-man roster, Vaughn didn't play at all in the preseason finale. Still, that two-game sample size was enough for the NFL and Nickelodeon to name Vaughn the inaugural preseason NVP.
"Getting slimed was something I always watched growing up," Vaughn said Wednesday. "It was hard to get out, but we got it all out. My mom will be excited whenever I tell her about it. She takes those moments, and I give all my trophies to her. It's really cool to even have this type of trophy."
Cowboys News: Deuce Vaughn's NVP, Micah Parsons on Nick Bosa, Tyron Smith's injury
In other Cowboys news, Micah Parsons had an awesome reaction to Nick Bosa becoming the highest-paid defender in NFL history. Bosa inked a five-year, $170 million extension with the 49ers, including $122.5 million guaranteed.
The contract gives Dallas both a deadline and baseline for Parsons' eventual negotiations, which hopefully will begin next offseason. Parsons is thrilled for Bosa, but he's coming for the pass rusher's Defensive Player of the Year crown.
""Super happy for Nick Bosa, man," Parsons said. "He really showed why he was the best player in the league last year. It gives you something to chase, man. And not in terms of his contract, but in terms of how great he was. He knows that I’m coming for him. He even said, ‘I won this year, and I know you’ll be coming for it next year.’ And I said, ‘You’re damn right.'""- Micah Parsons
Parsons is widely viewed as the favorite to win DPOY this season. He finished second in voting in each of his first two seasons. Assuming he makes another leap in 2023, there's nothing standing in his way of taking home the hardware.
As we shift our attention to Week 1 against the NY Giants, the Cowboys are navigating multiple injuries to key players.
With LG Tyler Smith already questionable with a hamstring, left tackle Tyron Smith was added to the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury. It's understood the elder Smith rolled his ankle in practice, but both player's injuries are considered minor, per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
That's a sigh of relief, though all Cowboys fans will be waiting with bated breath for an update on both linemen leading up to Sunday.