5 players made the team on Friday

Arlington, Texas – And just like that, preparation for the season is over. Check it out, this was the shortest prep period in team history – only three games – but why did it feel so long?

That’s how these pre-season games go, especially when the newbies aren’t taking a snapshot.

Usually, this pre-season finale game is not so much memorable, and I’m not saying tonight’s game was the exception to the rule.

But you would never hear me say that these games are not important at all. They matter to someone – good or bad.

And yes, that mattered to a few players. So here are my five buddies who made the team after this match – in my eyes, of course.

Marquis Bell Some of those listed might have been on the good side of the fence. Bale is in this category and probably would have taken a bad night not to make the team. But he was around the ball all night and intercepted an inverted pass. Perhaps this was the nail in the coffin for him that stuck to the list of 53 men.

Israel Mukwamu Another safety, another man with an objection. That makes two pre-season picks for Mukuamu, who showed off his group last week with INT, and now shows off his covering skills. This guy was already making the team. But now, it probably helps with the cause of being active on the list.

Brett Maher – Obviously, the kicker situation is very fluid. But there won’t be more games between now and 9/11, so I can’t really imagine someone being available to take Maher’s place. He did all the kicks he was supposed to. His runs were on his starting point and the only mistake, just like last week – it was a 60-yard kick. Sorry, but in the regular season, unless it’s in the first half or the end of the game, the Cowboys don’t need to hit 60 field goals at 60+ yards—not with that defense. I think Maher is safe now.

Owner Davis – That word is tough, but that word is why I think Davis makes it – Tough. This guy is bruised and will only get better. I like the way he catches the ball off the court and keeps the pile moving with his strong legs. He’s also good in private teams. I’m not saying they have to cut out the Rico Doodle, but they need to make sure Davis is on the list.

Peyton Hendershot – He entered the game on the bubble, but will probably catch him by landing over the top. One thing coach Lunda Wells likes is the low speed he has. It’s really unique to the rest of the narrow ends on the list. That alone is worth keeping in 53rd. Now, we’ll see how many tight ends they keep because Dalton Schultz and Jake Ferguson locks, and then there’s Sean McKeon. They may retain fewer receptors and four narrow limbs. But I think Hendershot is one of them.

If you’re wondering about quarterbacks – so am I. I thought Cooper Rush was in the lead the whole time but now I think Will Grier might have made a big push. The Cowboys can keep three quarterbacks, but that just doesn’t make sense to me. There are a lot of very deep positions that can’t be cut and I think they need to decide on a midfielder, cut to two positions. If that happens, it makes sense to keep Grier, who may not be able to do so through concessions.

And there are a few players who may have played their way off the roster as well. Maybe outside the coaching team. That’s the beauty of a game like this – there are always people who value something.

Again, this is just one man’s opinion – and subject to change by the end of the weekend. The same goes for the actual list, which isn’t definitive by the way.

But decisions to reduce to 53 players will be issued on Tuesday. Those five guys probably exist – at least for now.

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