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Cowboys Preseason Game 4 Observations

August 30, 2012

Dunbar looks NFL caliber. I know he’s been injured much of camp and he’s currently the #4 RB on the roster but just purely on game film the kid has NFL size and a very good burst. I doubt we’ve heard the last of him.

Ogletree has to make this roster. There has been talk lately about Olgetree possibly being a late cut as he isn’t a special teams guy and Dwayne Harris/Cole Beasley have shown something lately but this game just showed that if either Miles Austin or Dez Bryant misses significant time (very possibly) then the Cowboys at least will have a capable starting wideout who can play on the outside. That’s the key as Beasley and Harris are both punt return and slot receiver types yet Ogletree has added muscle this offseason and gives a more physical presence. It was seen in the 1st quarter when he fought through a clear pass interference by the Dolphins cornerback to still bring down the +10 yard reception. It was seen again on a sideline route that barely was out of bounds but showed his solid route running skills and his ability to separate. He was going against backup cornerbacks but as the #3 WR he’ll be doing that anyway and vs. San Diego earlier this preseason he had a long pass reception vs. starting CB Quentin Jammer so it’s safe to say that Kevin Ogletree has all but locked up the #3 WR spot. The Cowboys have had to deal with a few years of inconsistent play from Kevin but he finally appears to be breaking through and could have a very solid season.

Michael Irvin has no future in broadcasting. The entire night he was interrupting Babe Laufenberg, he had no concept of when commercial breaks were about to occur “uh we’ll call that a tease,” and at one point I’m pretty sure he said “throw the fucking ball” and had to be bleeped out by the telecast. He was fired by ESPN radio due to his horrible performances on that medium and it doesn’t appear like he’ll be able to transfer over to television.

Every game I watch with Mana Silva on the team I notice him. He’s an undrafted rookie out of Hawaii who I had a 3rd round grade on in last year’s draft so I’m a tad biased but whether it’s a number of special teams tackles late last season or it’s this preseason with an interception and some big hits it’s very evident that this kid should be on the final 53.

Victor Butler is making a case for starting. Butler has 2 sacks and 2 QB pressures this preseason and just looks the part with a nice burst off the edge that Spencer clearly lacks. With Ware having no play this preseason and the defending champions on the road as the Cowboys first opponent it’s unlikely the coaches would make such a dramatic change for the opener but don’t be shocked if sometime this season they give Butler his shot as a starter across from DeMarcus Ware.

Orie Lemon is finally making the most of his opportunity. Last year the Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State and I was ecstatic as he was a 4th rounder on my board that year and looked like a steal. Yet he was cut at the end of the offseason last year and barely was noticed during the preseason so it was his own fault as he just didn’t take advantage of his opportunity. One year later he looks like the player I saw at OSU as he’s making tackles, laying hits, and capped off his preseason with a great pick six when he read Matt Moore’s eyes and jumped a route over the middle. Those are the types of plays I expected from him and I’m glad to see him making them, albeit one year later.

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