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Staff Writers Watching Young RB & Gadget QB 


While practice evaluation is always important, we all know these guys are judged even more by what happens in the game.

Our staff writers have been at every practice since the start of camp and have been keeping tabs on several players.

But here are four offensive guys that the writers will be paying attention to Saturday against the Texans.  

Rob Phillips:

Tony Pollard - Yeah, we already know the rookie running back will have a defined role on offense even when Ezekiel Elliott returns. But I want to see more of No. 36 while Elliott remains away from the team. So far, Pollard been treated like a starter in the first two preseason games, pulled after a combined 21 snaps against the 49ers and Rams. He admittedly loves showing people he can make tough runs between the tackles, and his 14-yard touchdown last Saturday helps debunk his pre-draft 'gadget guy' label. If the starters play a little more this Saturday, we'll get a larger glimpse at how much the fourth-round pick has improved since camp began.

David Helman:

Taryn Christion-I hope we actually get to see the guy do something this week. Christion has been the Cowboys' utility guy, lining up every where from quarterback to receiver to the kickoff team. It's clear the front office sees him as someone who could be useful. As of right now, he has only played four snaps in the preseason, but hopefully we get to see a healthy dose of him against Houston. Whether that's on special teams, receiver or maybe even quarterback, who can say? But it'd be fun to see if he can show his stuff.

Nick Eatman:

Cedrick Wilson - It's coming down to the very end at the receiver position. Right now, it seems like Devin Smith and Wilson are the two fighting for the final spot, that's assuming they even keep six receivers. Now one of them could perform so well on Saturday night to unseat Noah Brown as the fifth guy, but it's unlikely. Wilson has flashed some good things, but his injury in Week 1 has stalled his progress. He's not the fastest but maybe the more polished receiver of the next wave. He needs a big second half on Saturday night.

Bryan Broaddus:

Jordan Chunn - These next two games are huge for Jordan Chunn. He's practiced and played very well to this point. The coaching staff has provided him with more opportunities and he has not disappointed anyone. Where Chunn has been impressive is with the physicality in which he's lined up and played. It has not mattered whether it has been on offensive snaps or special teams he has been able to take the fight to his opponent not backing down at any point. For a guy that I thought was just an afterthought once Alfred Morris was added, he has been far from that. I have him making this 53-man roster as a better version to what we had seen from Rod Smith in the past few seasons.

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