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Takeaways From The Cowboys' Preseason Opener

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Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images.
Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images.

The Cowboys have arguably the best position coach in the league in their D-line architect, Rod Marinelli, and it’s starting to show. The Dallas reserves came out with some serious fire: swarming to the point of attack, shaking blockers to get into the backfield and generating consistent heat on the Dolphin quarterbacks.

No player helped his roster chances more than DE George Selvie. Recently signed in the wake of the Tyrone Crawford injury, Selvie finished with three quarterback hits, two sacks and two tackles for losses, looking all the while like a quality rotation player with a dangerously deceptive bull rush.

Despite an offsides penalty, DT Nick Hayden had a productive first half with regard to pressuring Miami’s signal callers. DE Kyle Wilber, a roster lock, also stood out in the first half. The Cowboys need big things from him this year, and seeing him vaunt his athleticism and first-step quickness as a pass rusher was most reassuring.