Dallas Cowboys: Preseason Standouts Who Will Carry Through to Season

Alex HallCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 25:   Dwayne Harris #17 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys are just eight days away from kicking off the 2012 NFL season against the New York Giants, and in order to win that game they'll need some help from some preseason All-Stars.

Almost all preseason stats need to be taken with a grain of salt, but these three players will continue their exhibition success into the regular season.


Dwayne Harris, WR

Harris has had a catch in each of Dallas' three preseason games so far and was part of the reason his team defeated the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 25. The East Carolina University alum looked in sync with quarterback Tony Romo during the game, catching three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

While Kevin Ogletree did have the most catches on the night with five for 75 yards, Harris was the receiver Romo looked to when he wanted to stretch the field on that 61-yard bomb.

The No. 3 receiver position is the most up for grabs spot left on the Cowboys' depth chart, and Harris showed that he could be a nice option to have lining up with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant with his recent performance.


Kyle Orton, QB

Orton hasn't looked amazing by any means, but when he's been involved in the exhibition contests he has performed a satisfactory job. That previous statement is more than some teams can say about their backup QB. 

Obviously, Cowboys fans hope to never see Orton play significant time in a regular season game, but the games against Oakland and San Diego showed that he can keep the incomplete passes down while moving the offense a bit.

When looking around the NFL at teams like Buffalo, which just cut Vince Young in favor of Tarvaris Jackson, Dallas has to feel it has one of the more reliable backups in the league.


Dan Bailey, K

Bailey received a few weeks worth of tough press after the missed kicks against the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals after being "iced," but he looks back to his old, automatic self right now.

Bailey has kicked five field goals this preseason and made all of them. He's also converted every one of his extra-point attempts.

Non-Cowboys fans might look at this selection and wonder why the team kicker deserves to make this list, but the Dallas faithful knows exactly how important the kicker position can be.

The team has cycled through the likes of Billy Cundiff, Nick Folk, Martin Gramatica and Mike Vanderjagt over the past several years, but finally it looks like the kicker carousel has ended.

The Cowboys' current kicker has been nothing short of perfect during these preseason games, and there's little reason to believe that will change once the calendar turns to September.