By Archie Nino III
With two preseason games under wraps after last nights 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams few bright spots can be taken. Rookie DE Taco Charlton recorded his first sack and fellow rookie S Xavier Woods also led team with 7 tackles, not a bad look for a group that didnt give up an offensive touchdown. The defense was laying the boom as they continuously hit LA opposition forcing numerous fumbles with punishing tackles.
Another huge game belonged to TE Rico Gathers who again found paydirt. The 6'6 near 300 pounder and former basketball player has matchup nightmare written all over him. See the tape of him vs Rams LB Ogletree for an example, a simple out and up route that couldn't be slowed down. With Jason Witten presumably reaching the end of his illustrious career, one has to wonder if Rico Gathers is the TE of the future. Considering he will learn from one of the best tight ends to play hopefully he can clean his game up and eliminate some drive-stalling penalties.
Now the main event if you will. I'm not going to lie and even pretend to know who Cooper Rush is, but man, on film he certainly looks like he's got "it." The undrafted rookie of the Central Michigan Chippewas went 9-10 posting 104 yds throwing in a beautiful dime to the aforementioned Rico Gathers. Which would be the only offensive touchdown of the game. In perspective preseason starter Kellen Moore played the entire 1st half and led the Dallas offense to...69 yds...seriousy? Luke McCown had his first shot at action in late trying to come from behind after a LA field goal put them up 3. He did not fair much better at all playing a few series gaining just two first downs. He also lost a fumble, which was probably the centers fault, but McCown also threw a pass that 9 out of 10 times should be intercepted. As a veteran QB in the NFL his performance was lackluster at best.
In the interest of discussion who comes to mind when you think of undrafted rookie Qbs coming to DALLAS? Tony Romo ended up having a fine career. With Dak Prescott, the firm starter, Cooper has all the potential in the world to be the backup. He should be the #2 QB by far followed by McCown and finally Moore. With a few more preseason games remaining I'll be paying attention to Cooper Rush and with pride yell "Coop, There it is" everytime he drops a dime, til next time #CowboysNation.
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