In that last chance to impress before the rosters are cut from 75 to 53, the Cowboys beat the Dolphins 30-13 and most of the guys who stood out were likely to make the roster anyway (DE Tyrone Crawford and OLB Victor Butler got a sack each). The Cowboys starting defense did not allow a touchdown in preseason.
CB Teddy Williams, a sprinter who didn’t play football in college, committed some pass interference that the replacement refs missed and he also lost a fumble on a kick return. He was first signed by the Cowboys in 2010.
The Cowboys need just one or two more pass rushers to become special in order for them to have an elite pass rush and best the pretty good number of 42 from last season, of which Ware had 19.5. This could be a combination of a linebacker and a defensive lineman or defensive back. Their secondary looks like it should be good enough to bring the number of coverage sacks up.
For the Dolphins, it was nice to see rookie running back Lamar Miller make a contribution (17 rushes, 60 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 5 yards). While it didn’t stand out on the stat sheet like Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (15 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 5 yards), the Dolphins haven’t been wild about Daniel Thomas.
While the Dolphins have spent much of the last 9 months getting rid of the best wide receivers and corners on their roster, the Cowboys have brought in two wide receivers who will likely make their final roster and also added the top corner in free agency and the top corner in the draft. With this being a passing league, Miami looks for three outside threats among Chris Hogan, B.J. Cunningham, Marcus Thigpen, Clyde Gates, Rishard Matthews, Marlon Moore, Legedu Naanee and Jeff Fuller to complete their offense while Davone Bess mostly does his thing in the slot.
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