DeVonte Holloman, LB
Holloman solidified his role as the second team’s unrequited playmaker and ball-hawk with an interception and a forced fumble. He looked a step behind on some of his pass coverages, but that’s to be expected from a rookie. With Ernie Sims out with a groin injury and special teams man Alex Albright waived, Holloman stands alone as the best reserve linebacker the Cowboys have.
Nick Hayden, DT
Like Holloman, Hayden’s got a proclivity for converging on the point of attack. He’s a swarmer and that seems to be a big part of the new-look defense. Throughout the preseason, the Wisconsin product has shown he can penetrate the backfield on running plays with precise instinct, and he looks athletic and fleet-footed enough to generate his own pass rush from the middle.