Scout's Eye: 12 Thoughts From The Miami Game

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29 October 2017: Jaylon Smith (54) of the Dallas Cowboys during their week 8 regular season 33-19 win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys


  • I had an idea that it would be an outstanding test for this Cowboys offensive line to try and block the Dolphins defensive front, especially ends Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon. In the previous two games, protection was not an issue, but Saturday night there were too many snaps when Romo wasn't protected nearly enough
  • Dez Bryant is ready for the regular season. His ability to separate in routes is a credit to how much time he has spent working on them this offseason and through the camps.
  • This Cowboys defense is going to struggle with pass rush until they are able to get guys like Henry Melton, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Lawrence on the field. There is no one that offenses have to worry about with this current group.
  • I liked what I saw from Brandon Carr and his return to the lineup after missing extended time with his family. As long as defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli continues to play press coverage, he will have a solid chance to play at the level that we all believed he could.
  • I am going to have a hard time releasing Ryan Williams. I understand what Joseph Randle can and cannot do, but Williams is a better player. My eyes tell me that.
  • Tip my scouting hat to Tyler Patmon and the way that he was able to position himself in coverage. For a slightly built player, I thought he was physical when asked to and played with really nice awareness in his responsibilities.
  • Zach Minter didn't have a good night when it came to working against the Dolphins first offense. It appeared that he struggled to get off blocks and wasn't up the field with that quickness that we observed last week against the Ravens.
  • Love the passion of Ahmad Dixon, but you can't play in this league if you make stupid penalties. He let his teammates down with that shot on Matt Hazel. [embedded_ad]
  • I couldn't get a really good shot from our broadcast booth of the call on Tyrone Crawford and the illegal alignment penalty, but it would not surprise me one bit after the night that Gene Steratore and his crew had that they blew that call. Film study will tell me.
  • When you run down the list of the five most valuable players on this team, if you don't include Dwayne Harris I don't care to see your list.
  • I thought Will Smith was much better on special teams than he was on defensive snaps. He just played too slow in pass coverage and was taken advantage of.
  • Sterling Moore played far more than I believed he would. He had worked his way back into practice this week and getting snaps in the slot on the nickel was something that he needed to do.  
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