IRVING, Texas -- Some thoughts from the practice field at Valley Ranch:
Austin Back In The Mix
I have a strong feeling that, barring a set back during practice,
Even with Austin back, I do not believe this affects
Randle does bring a different dynamic in his running style, but, as with all rookies, can you live with the mistakes in pass protection? Last season when the Redskins and Cowboys played, there were problems with the protection that resulted in negative plays.
Trent Williams is one of the better left tackles in this league when it comes to his overall game.
Throughout his career, Ware has always played his best in these types of matchups. The more difficult the opponent, the more he seems to raise the level of his game. We all remember how he dominated Jake Long several weeks ago and Brandon Albert of the Chiefs before then. Williams is one of those tackles that is not passive at all. There is an edge and nastiness to his game that Ware is familiar with.
Whether it’s defending this zone-read or trying to keep Robert Griffin III in the pocket, Ware is going to have to be at his best. The last time these two clubs met, Alfred Morris rushed the ball for 200 yards to lead Washington into the playoffs. The Redskins are solid on the left side of their offensive line with Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger when it comes to running the ball in that direction. So Ware will once again have to be an anchor on that side to prevent what happened last season.
If you are looking for a player like Ware, who tends to play his best against the Washington Redskins, keep an eye on
This matchup against Chester will be an outstanding opportunity for Hatcher to get his game back on track and help the Cowboys defense by attacking the pocket in the middle and up the field. There have been snaps where Hatcher has been doubled teamed by scheme, but when he does draw that one-on-one battle, he needs to put as much pressure as possible against Chester, who would struggle with his quickness and power. This is a battle that Jason Hatcher should win.