It’s the time of the year when writing a sports column is not easy, considering we’re in the pre-stages of football season.
It’s even hard to watch the Dallas Cowboys play in the preseason, because you know the starters do not play much and you don’t see the team at its best.
What I did notice in their preseason game with Indianapolis on Saturday night is that there are some new faces that look like they’ll make an impact this season. Two of those are brothers: linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Rod Smith. The older Rod looked particularly solid, running for 66 yards on 19 carries. With 2016 rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, the team will need the remaining backs to step up.
In a way I’m glad Elliott will miss the first six games. First of all, because I think he probably deserves to be suspended, and also that will give the other running backs an opportunity to show what they can do.
When Elliott returns he will be fresh, and with the grueling length of the regular season, I believe it will help him to be more productive.
I still believe the schedule is too long for professional football players to stay healthy and play at their best. Six less games for Elliott will help him play at a higher level when he returns and that will be helpful for the team in the long run.
With quarterback Dak Prescott leading the attack Saturday, the first team offensive unit looked crisp in marching down the field for a touchdown in their first possession. That was very encouraging. On their second offensive series the Cowboys marched down the field again with ease and only a fumble near the goal line kept them from scoring again.
That should have been a positive note for all Cowboy fans.
Don’t forget the Cowboys open the season at home against the New York Giants on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
I can’t wait.