ARLINGTON, Texas– The second preseason game had some entertaining moments from start to finish, yet the Cowboys finished up with a 37-30 loss. Still, head coach Jason Garrett says these preseason games are more about the individual analysis.
That being said, let's focus on some of the individuals battling for a roster spot and/or playing time.
Before the game, staff writers of DallasCowboys.com picked two players each to watch throughout the game.
Here is the review following Saturday's game at AT&T Stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens meet the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Lance Dunbar: There wasn't a ton of running room for the diminutive back, getting only seven yards on four carries, but he showed a little glimpse of why he's useful. After going nowhere on a carry, he followed that up by getting open in the flat for 11 yards and a first down. He was given a series of full work, but in the season he'll be used more as a change of pace player than a lead guy. The Cowboys got the screen game going in this game, and that should benefit him when games start to matter.
Martez Wilson: He got the majority of his work early in the third quarter and showed some good pursuit for a tackle on a running play. He fell for the play fake on a player shortly after, but he also registered a sack on Tyrod Taylor after the mobile quarterback attempted to get out of the pocket when the play broke down. It'd be nice to see Wilson develop more pass rush moves to get inside, because he's shown he can be quick around the edge.
Rolando McClain: After having a nice scrimmage against the Raiders this past week, it was positive to see McClain get an opportunity to work in some live game action. From my spot in the press box he appeared to have a mixed bag with his results. The good was how he was able to cover in the passing game. Thought he had a much better feel where he needed to drop in zone coverage. If there is an area where I believe he struggles the most it's right now in the running game. When he gets in trouble it's because he tends to over run plays due to the fact of how aggressive he plays. When he goes to the ball I would like to see him come under better control.
John Wetzel: If there is an offensive linemen that has quietly worked himself in the mix when it comes to possible last roster spot, it is John Wetzel. His practices and initial game action had been solid. Against the Ravens, I didn't feel like he played poorly but he wasn't as sharp than what we had seen in San Diego. His sustain was not as good in the running game and I thought where he had been playing with balance, there was a struggle there. It appeared that he labored more with his technique and when that happens to him, he is going to have issues. I am interested to see what the game tape says about his night but I have felt like that he has played better at tackle to push Jermey Parnell and Darrion Weems for a spot.
Ronald Patrick: I'm not going to give Patrick the credit, when you consider the fantastic individual performance, but he was in during Ryan Williams' fantastic touchdown drive. Williams caught a pass for five yards and carried the ball three times for 34 yards behind Patrick's third-string offensive line. It's hard to judge effectively, since the Cowboys were down by multiple scores, but Patrick and the offensive line paved the way for Dustin Vaughan and Co. to lead a 13-point rally on the strength of 78 fourth quarter yards – 42 passing and 36 rushing.
Justin Green: When it comes to cornerbacks, no news is good news. Green finished the game with three tackles, but he didn't show the same signs of being victimized that we saw from Korey Lindsey last week. That seems like a good sign, given that Green has had very little time to practice with the team. Morris Claiborne and Sterling Moore are still out, but Brandon Carr and Tyler Patmon are coming back to practice this week. That should create more competition for reps than we have recently seen, but Green has a good opportunity to make an impression.
Brandon Weeden: Most backup quarterbacks will tell you how much harder it is to come into the game midway through as opposing to starting. And that's usually a stem of getting most of the weekly reps. That's why I wanted to see Weeden respond, not only from a good outing last week as the starter, but how he comes off the bench. For the most part, he took a step backward. Now it wasn't drastic. He did make a nice throw to Terrance Williams down the sideline in which the cornerback made a nice pass breakup. If Weeden puts the ball out there about a foot further, it's probably a touchdown, or at least a huge gain. There were times in which it looked like Weeden was just flinging it out there. Then again, he did face the Ravens' first-team defense for most of the first half. [embedded_ad]
B.W. Webb: For a cornerback to play just about the entire game and not show up on the stat sheet, it's not exactly a bad thing. Sure, you'd like to see some pass breakups or maybe an interception, but at least there weren't a lot of plays made on him where he's having to make the tackle. For the most part, Webb played decent in the game. Considering Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Sterling Moore all missed the game, Webb had yet another shot to elevate his status. He didn't do much to alter it either way. He did get a 19-yard kickoff return but his two punt returns were rather offsetting with a 14-yard runback, coupled with a -10 yard loss.