After grinding through the first two weeks of camp, dealing with injuries and scouring the waiver wire for guards and defensive linemen, it was finally nice to see a glimpse of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys. Yes, it was a meaningless preseason game, but it's the beginning of a new season.
The Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins 24-20, and with the first game in the books, it's now time to use it as an early assessment tool. It's also a time to be realistic about several aspects of this team as well as a chance to see if any answers are a match to the questions that exist.
How did the offensive line hold up? How did the rookies perform? Did the defense play well? Who leads the competition at backup running back?
It's hard to answer all of those questions in one fell swoop, but it's smart to take it in stages. And that's what the Cowboys need to do through two weeks of camp. The progression of this team will continue to take shape as the weeks unfold and so will the battle for roster spots.
Let's take a look at those who are on the rise and fall.