6 Lessons from Dallas Cowboys Preseason Action

Jessica Montoya CogginsContributor ISeptember 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 25:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

This Offensive Line Still Isn’t Settled 

Aside from the number of injuries to key players like Jason Witten, the biggest concern for the Cowboys going into the regular season has to be the offensive line. They haven’t played a game together—not a good sign when Dallas opens the season against the New York Giants on Wednesday, September 5.

It was announced a few days ago that the Cowboys signed free agent Ryan Cook from the Miami Dolphins as a backup center and guard. The last-minute signing speaks to the weaknesses the offensive line still carries. Expect all this scrutiny to continue well into the regular season. 


Facing a Poor Pass Coverage Team, Tony Romo Will Make You Pay

In the first quarter of the Cowboys preseason game against the St. Louis Rams, Romo threw for 198 yards, connecting with Dwayne Harris on two long touchdown catches. He looked very much like the out-of-pocket-brilliant quarterback that could throw downfield in extraordinary fashion.

At least part of Romo’s success stemmed from the inconsistent defense from St. Louis. Last year the Cowboys had a knack for playing down to the level of bad teams, barely eking out wins to teams like Miami they should have demolished.

If Romo can pick apart a crummy defense like he did during the preseason, the Cowboys should squash those teams.  


Kevin Ogletree Could Turn into a Major Threat for the Cowboys

Along with Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley, the wide receiver had some pretty athletic catches during the preseason, proving he could be a great asset should the Cowboys see extended time without Bryant or Austin.

Jason Garrett and the rest of the coaching staff feel confidently that Ogletree can maintain the No. 3 receiver position (which he had last year but lost to Laurent Robinson).

Ogletree and Romo seemed in rhythm during the preseason. And with Ogletree on the field, it creates more options for the offense should Jason Witten or Miles Austin return sooner than expected.


Welcome to the NFL, Dwayne Harris (Take Two)

Even if you were a hard-core follower of the Cowboys you would be hard pressed to remember Harris from last year’s squad.

After all, he had zero catches.

With injuries to Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys are painfully thin with their receivers. Though it’s hard to imagine Harris having such spectacular grabs in the regular season, it at least eases the pain the Cowboys have trying to find a solid backup receiver.


The Defense Shows Signs of Life

The Cowboys know just as well as everybody else that last year would have seen a 13-3 record had it not been for some late fourth-quarter meltdowns.

The pressure on the defense during the preseason was intense, and Dallas answered back with a pretty solid showing.

Linebacker Sean Lee, one of the few bright spots for the defense last year, showed even more improvement and will probably log even more tackles than he did last year.

Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne played well in tandem with veteran Brandon Carr. Expect the two to combine for at least 15 interceptions. 


Jerry Jones Really, Really Cannot Rap

The world wondered if there could ever be a worse rapper than Vanilla Ice. Yes, there is.