For the first time this season, some post-game notes. Here are my top 12 impressions immediately following the Cowboys’ 20-18 win against Arizona in the Hall of Fame Game.
Nice job by Brice Butler carrying over his start in those training camp practices into the first preseason game. There is no receiver on the club that is able to accelerate like Butler when it comes to running from 20 to 40 yards. Once he is able to get going, he has the ability to separate, which gives him a great advantage down the field. Where he’s improved his game is his ability to finish, which is an area he had struggled with in the past. He is doing a much better job of gaining that separation but also locating the ball — which he did for two big receptions.
I have been ultra-critical of Kellen Moore and his spot on this roster as the backup to Dak Prescott. I think that Moore lacks the physical gifts to be successful in this league, but it’s likely that Scott Linehan knows more about his limitations than me. Moore is never going to be impressive with his arm strength but you cannot dispute his accuracy. I was impressed with the way he was able to slide in the pocket and deliver the ball where it needed to be. Other than the interception thrown in the direction of Noah Brown, who did a poor job of fighting for position, I thought he threw the ball well.
I never had any question of Rico Gathers’ potential ability, but I did question the stiffness with which he tends to execute his routes. There have been snaps in these practices where he just doesn’t have…
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