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2019 Preseason Week 2 Gameday Chatter Thread | Cowboys vs Rams in Honolulu| 08/17/19

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  • 2019 Preseason Week 2 Gameday Chatter Thread | Cowboys vs Rams in Honolulu| 08/17/19


  • #2
    No surgery on a condition that has affected him for 2 years? This is going to haunt us soon and will most likely have to spend more resources on the OLine.
    #Fire Garrett

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    • #3
      Most Rams starters skipping game in Hawaii

      4:05 PM ET
      Lindsey Thiry
      ESPN

      THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams depart Thursday for Hawaii, where they will play the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason game, but quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley will be among approximately 20 starters who will be left behind.

      "Our consideration is always what we feel is in the best interest of the players," coach Sean McVay said Thursday. "For the most part, the guys that will not be participating in that game, to have them [not] make that travel, things of that nature, we feel is in the best interest of those guys."

      Defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Marcus Peters are the only starters who are expected to make the trip, though they will not play in the game on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.

      For a second consecutive year, McVay is not expected to play starters or key reserves in preseason games.

      The Rams announced last November that they would play a 2019 preseason home game in Hawaii. In March, it was determined their opponent would be the Cowboys, who they will face again in Week 15 this season.

      The Rams have already logged an eventful preseason, including two joint practices against the Los Angeles Chargers in Orange County, and two joint practices against the Oakland Raiders in Napa, California, before they faced off in a preseason opener.
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      Plus the game is at 10PM eastern.

      If I do watch it live, I will unquestionably fall asleep due to boredom.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rev View Post
        No surgery on a condition that has affected him for 2 years? This is going to haunt us soon and will most likely have to spend more resources on the OLine.
        No way dude, Garrett's got him doing yoga.

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        • #5
          0-2

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          • #6
            Film room: 3 Cowboys to watch vs. LA Rams, including a rookie defender with momentum on his side

            By John Owning


            After a sloppy first preseason game against San Francisco, the Dallas Cowboys hope to show discernible improvement against the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.

            The Sean McVay-led Rams crushed the Cowboys' Super Bowl aspirations last season, and even though they can't exact revenge in a game that doesn't count, you can bet there will be some added motivation for the Cowboys to play well in front of the Hawaii crowd.

            As was the case against the 49ers, don't expect the Cowboys' stars and main contributors to play a lot against Los Angeles, as the main goal in the game is to return to Texas as healthy as possible. Dallas is already dealing with a plethora of injuries, so it will be important to not compound those issues this weekend.

            Although the game is nothing more than a tune-up for most of the starters, it is an extremely important showcase for bubble players who are fighting for spots on the 53-man roster or practice squad.

            With that in mind, let's take a look at a few players to watch for when the Cowboys and Rams meet in Honolulu.

            Mike White, QB

            Let's not sugarcoat it: Mike White was awful against San Francisco. He finished 9 of 20 for 87 yards while showing below-average anticipation, accuracy and poise in the pocket.

            With Cooper Rush putting on a solid performance that same night, the gap between him and White in the competition to be the backup quarterback was widened. If the backup quarterback competition is a race, Rush is getting ready to lap White.



            Furthermore, White has done nothing in the practices since that first preseason game to dissuade his biggest detractors, having made multiple questionable decisions and displaying the same issues that plagued him against the 49ers.


            Of all the players on the Cowboys' roster, the game against the Rams undoubtedly holds the most importance for White because another poor showing will likely eliminate any chance he has to vie for the backup job or a spot on the 53-man roster, while even bringing into question whether he's worthy of the practice squad.

            While things look bleak for the Western Kentucky product right now, a stellar performance against the Rams could put White right back in the thick of the race for the backup job.

            It is important to note that after posting two subpar performances in the first two preseason games in 2018 -- failing to break a 60% completion mark in either -- White did look much improved in the final two preseason showcases, posting a notable 77.3 completion percentage and preseason-high 7.1 yards per attempt in the third game, which isn't great but was much better than the previous contests.

            White likely cannot afford to wait that long this year, as Rush's performance against San Francisco and throughout camp has put a lot of pressure on him to up his play.

            White needs to show improvement quickly, which is why he's the No. 1 player to watch.

            Devin Smith, WR

            While White failed to take advantage of his opportunities against San Francisco, Devin Smith certainly made the most of his.



            Finishing with three catches and a team-high 54 yards receiving, Smith would have likely been even more productive if White didn't play so poorly. After a slow start to camp, Smith has really begun to stand out recently with the myriad of injuries hitting the receiving corps.



            Smith has always been known for his deep speed and ability to stretch the field, but he has displayed considerable improvement in his route running on short-to-intermediate patterns, a good sign that he's taken to receivers coach Sanjay Lal's detailed teachings.


            Smith is gaining separation from man coverage while also using his speed to run through and find open space in-between zones.

            With Amari Cooper (heel) and bubble receiver Cedrick Wilson (most likely out with a concussion) dealing with injuries, Smith has made the most of his extra opportunities, closing the gap in the back for one of the last receiver spots on the 53-man roster.

            If Smith can stack another impressive performance together against Los Angeles, he may move from the dark horse in the competition to the front-runner, especially if Wilson continues to miss time and Jon'Vea Johnson continues to have trouble with drops.

            Smith has yet to prove that he holds much value on special teams, so he's going to need to outplay the receivers who do if he wants to make the roster, which is why Saturday's game is so important for him.

            Joe Jackson, DE

            One of the stars of the first preseason game, Joe Jackson has a ton of momentum on his side entering Saturday night.

            The Miami product registered four tackles and a QB hit against San Francisco, making a notable impact against the run and pass. Jackson is an interesting player because he's not exceedingly athletic (tested into the second percentile among NFL edge defenders, according to Three Sigma Athlete, which is incredibly low) but still finds a way to win on the outside edge track as a pass rusher. He does this because of veteran-like nuances in his rushes, using powerful hands and subtle footwork to move offensive linemen out of position.



            Jackson's best pass-rush move centers around his powerful rip move, which he uses to shorten the corner and defeat an offensive lineman's hands. Against San Francisco, he paired that powerful rip move with a strong club (the clip above), which enabled him to beat the left tackle's hands, shorten the corner and accelerate to the quarterback.


            Against the run, Jackson's motor, size (6-foot-4, 285 pounds), length (34 1/4-inch arms) and power enable him to hold his ground at the point of attack or chase down ball carriers.



            The biggest negative for Jackson right now is his stamina, as he appears to get winded rather quickly, causing his pad level to swell and hindering his ability to penetrate against the run or apply pressure as a pass rusher. To his credit, Jackson still plays exceedingly hard when winded, evidenced by him chasing down a tunnel screen in the fourth quarter against San Francisco (the clip above).


            Coming into camp, there was no guarantee Jackson would make the 53-man roster on account of Dallas' considerable depth at the position. Now -- even if Robert Quinn hadn't been suspended -- Jackson is in a favorable position to make the roster.

            If he continues to play at a high level, Jackson may just earn himself a spot on the active roster and in the defensive end rotation on Sundays, which is why he's worth watching this weekend.

            Honorable mentions

            -- Defensive tackle Ricky Walker played well against the 49ers, catching defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's eye. The 53-man roster may be a long shot, but he can definitely play himself onto the practice squad if he continues to impress.

            -- Cornerback Donovan Olumba has been steady throughout camp, outplaying rookie fifth-round pick Mike Jackson Sr. With Jackson out, Olumba has a chance to really stand out. And if he can play well on special teams, he could make special teams star C.J. Goodwin dispensable.

            -- Safety Donovan Wilson had an interception against San Francisco and remains on the roster bubble. He needs to continue to play well to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

            -- Linebacker Chris Covington has a good opportunity to earn a spot on the 53-man roster while Luke Gifford is out with an ankle injury.
            2016 DCC LOTY Fantasy Football Champion

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            • #7
              Any links? Just in case NFLN stays with the PIT/KC tilt.



              ALSO: Those interested in DCC FFL 2019, say so here:

              http://www.dallascowboyscentral.com/...0-2019-dcc-ffl

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by P_T View Post
                  Any links? Just in case NFLN stays with the PIT/KC tilt.



                  ALSO: Those interested in DCC FFL 2019, say so here:

                  http://www.dallascowboyscentral.com/...0-2019-dcc-ffl
                  I'm assuming the program directors will exercise common sense and switch to the Dallas/LAR game. That's what they did in the exact same situation a little over a week ago when a 1 hour weather delay in the NYG/NYJ game threatened to overlap with Kyler Murray's AZ Cardinals debut.

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                  • #10
                    Assuming he plays poorly again tonight, which is a pretty safe assumption, I wouldn't waste another practice rep on Mike White after tonight. I'd cut him first thing Monday morning or whenever they return to mainland USA, whichever comes first.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 1bigfan13 View Post
                      Assuming he plays poorly again tonight, which is a pretty safe assumption, I wouldn't waste another practice rep on Mike White after tonight. I'd cut him first thing Monday morning or whenever they return to mainland USA, whichever comes first.
                      Sacrifice him to the volcano gods.

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                      • #12
                        Bud Dupree is having himself an impressive game for the Steelers.

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                        • #13
                          Links to the game?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by chevycowboys View Post
                            Links to the game?
                            https://www.reddit.com/r/nflstreams/
                            2018 DCC Super Bowl Bingo Champion

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jsmith6919 View Post
                              Thank you sir!

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