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While I thought undrafted linebacker Brandon Magee should have been retained and that he played better than Holloman against the run this preseason, there’s no doubting that Holloman was a playmaking machine.
He picked off two passes, one of which he took to the house, and was always around the ball. Holloman ended up making a tackle on 10.2 percent of his snaps, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Just for fun, consider that Magee checked in at 19.6 percent.
Right now, it looks like Justin Durant will start for Dallas. Durant is a nice fit in Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme, but Holloman deserves to get some playing time.
There’s a big difference between risk and uncertainty, and the Cowboys have long confused the two. Holloman might be an uncertain play right now, but that doesn’t make him a bigger risk than one of the veterans.