Mike Doocy and Edward Egros each pick two players they're excited to see in action when the Cowboys begin their preseason schedule Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Mike: Michael Gallup and Connor Williams
I'll go with two rookies on this offense, both of whom could be starters. But I'm assuming we'll see quite a bit of them anyway. Wide receiver Michael Gallup was impressive during my short stay at camp. The third round pick won't wow you with his speed, but he's a good route runner. He's had some drops but overall looks like he's sure handed. The kids's got a dynamic personality and seems to have developed early chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott.
Also from that offense, it'll be interesting to see how left guard Connor Williams, the second rounder from Texas, fares. He's been plugged into that spot, and again, how much we will actually see him with that first team unit in exhibition games remains to be seen. He's raw but really athletic. It would take something alarming in the pre-season for him not to be the startng left guard September 9th at Carolina.
Edward: Tavon Austin and Bo Scarbrough
When the Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin, they labeled him as a sort of "Lance Dunbar" type. He can run, catch and maybe play special teams. But at practice, he's only been a receiver and as far as I can tell, has never lined up in the backfield. Is it because he'll be a top option at wide-out? Because they're so depleted they're desperate?
The other guy to watch is Bo Scarbrough, the backup running back. Can he make this team? Can he stay healthy? He graded as one of the bigger backs in the draft, phenomenal in goal line situations and if Ezekiel Elliott is used in so many different ways, somebody has to carry the rock deep in ballgames.