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Cowboys vs. Chargers: What to Watch For


We’re one day away from the Dallas Cowboys preseason opener, but some people may feel like they do not know what to expect when the Boys face the San Diego Chargers. Worry no more, for I’ll give you a few things that deserve your attention.

1. As reported earlier, Adam “Don’t Call Him Pacman” Jones will not be starting in place of the injured Terence Newman. Rookie CB Mike Jenkins will have the honors of lining up on the left side of the first-team defense. If you’re worried about the rookie being overwhelmed, listen to what Kevin Burnett, a Cowboys middle linebacker has to say: “31 might be one of the best young corners in the league right now. If he can get on the field I see defensive rookie of the year for him easy.”
Don’t expect to see too much out of Tony Romo and Marion Barber.

2. Depending on how things go, Romo will play about 2 or 3 series. Barber will be right there with him. The first quarter might have a steady diet of The Barbarian, but after that, you should be getting a good look at the young backs.

3. Jason Garret has been very creative with the combination of Marion Barber and Felix Jones. They’ve lined up in an offset I with Barber leading the way. Jones split wide and slot while Barber 3.0 was the lone back. There was also a very dynamic two-back set when Romo was under center and at shotgun. Look for lots of creativity from these two tomorrow and all season.

4. The defensive line has been very competitive in Oxnard. Jay Ratliff and Tank Johnson are making it hard for the coaches to decide whose job it is. Both of these men will be causing a lot of trouble for the Chargers’ offensive line. Chris Canty and Marcus Spears have their jobs locked down for now, but Jason Hatcher is in both of their rear-view mirrors. Look for the second team DE’s to look just as impressive as the first.

5. Make sure to keep an eye on Zach Thomas’ acclimation to the Cowboys defense. He has had a nose for the football his whole career and don’t expect it to be any different in Dallas. There might also be some backup defensive ends seeing time at linebacker when the second and third teams hit the field.

6. Least but certainly not least: young receivers.

Miles Austin, Isaiah Stanback and Danny Amendola have been doing very big things lately. Miles showed his capabilities late last season while Danny Amendola is emerging as a favorite of the coaching staff. They seem to have more chemistry with the second and third string QB’s so look for them to make the highlight reel late in the game.

Honorable mentions are Nick Folk looking locked in and Adam Jones fielding kicks after the first quarter. With the depth chart being as jam-packed as it currently is, there is no reason to turn the channel before the clock hits all zeros. Make sure to catch phase one of an exciting season.

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2 Responses to “Cowboys vs. Chargers: What to Watch For”

  1. Will coach Phillips not ever do any thing about special team coverage? This looked just like last year- can’t stop the opposing team before the 30 to 35 yard line on KOs.

  2. Landis says:

    There isn’t much noise coming out of camp when it comes to special teams. Deon Anderson has pledged to break the wedge with unseen intensity. Hopefully his fervor will become contagious.

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