It's refreshing that some new and young faces are making an early impact at Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. This was expected to be the case, but now we're starting to get a better picture as to who exactly might be fitting Dallas' plans in 2013.
Last weekend's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio was the first real football seen since Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans last February. This year's matchup between Dallas and the Miami Dolphins wasn't nearly as good of a game to watch, but if you're a Dallas fan, it was arguably more meaningful.
Cowboys starters like quarterback Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and linebacker Sean Lee, among others, saw little to no action. But that's not what the first exhibition game of 2013 was all about.
Here's a look at five players and/or positions that stood out in the preseason opener as opposed to the sum of Dallas training camp to this point. These players might have something going with respect to earning a roster spot. A few names were expected by many, but a couple are somewhat surprising.
Expect a few more names to draw attention during the second preseason affair in Oakland against the Raiders on Friday night.
For now, the following players have drawn first blood for a roster spot amongst many newcomers and unproven players who are pushing for a gig in Dallas this year.
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