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Don’t Expect Too Much From Cowboys Tonight

wade-watch_330-1.jpgThe Cowboys open their 2007 Preseason tonight and although expectations run high, don’t expect to see too much offense against the Colts this evening.  With two of their starting tackles out recovering from injury and rookies starting in their positions, OC Jason Garrett is highly unlikely to risk QB Tony Romo this early in a meaningless, but useful competition. 

Terrell Owens and gang will most likely only play the first offensive series as Coach Phillips’ main goal is to evaluate some young talent and try to make roster decisions.  Terry Glenn is out due to injury and young receivers Sam Hurd, Jerheme Urban and Austin Miles will probably get most of the snaps.  Likewise for RB’s Julius Jones and Marion Barber.  Rookies Jackie Battle, Deon Anderson, and Alonzo Coleman will see most of the action with a little Tyson Thompson mixed in for some practice.

The revamped 3-4 defense will be the most exciting development to watch tonight as Dallas has spent alot of money over the last few years improving it.  DE/LB Anthony Spencer will get a lot of playing time as well as Jason Hatcher and Ola Dagunduro but the defense is always ahead of the offense in terms of play readiness at this point.  Early on the first teamers should get some action and show a little bit of what the D will look like this year.

The only other aspect of the game that could provide some insight is the fact it is Coach Wade Phillips debut at home in an actual game.  Fans will be keeping a close watch on how their new coach interacts with players and makes real-time game decisions.   It should be fun and informative to watch, but like most preseason games, don’t expect too much fireworks.

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