Stock Report: Marcus Spears up; offense is down
As we return to our temporary home in Oxnard, Calif., we have an updated Stock Report after the Cowboys' 3-0 victory against the Oakland Raiders.
Marcus Spears: With a roster spot on the line, Spears finished with four tackles and one tackle for loss. There is a gaggle of players competing for a roster spot from the defensive line and here was Spears making his mark to start the preseason. He didn't start and got some good snaps with the second unit and he responded.
Ben Bass: The rookie defensive lineman from Texas A&M finished with one sack, two tackle for loss and five total tackles. Jason Garrett mentioned him in passing a few weeks ago and we found out way. Bass learned a lot about chasing the speedy Terrelle Pryor during the pass rush and he displayed a couple of moves to push the pocket.
Gerald Sensabaugh: We've talked for days about the back end of the secondary and their inability to make enough plays. No complains after Monday's win. Sensabaugh picked off a Carson Palmer pass to end the first offensive possession of the game. He also finished with one tackle, but his play on the ball is something the Cowboys need.
First-team offense: We got three possessions and zero points and one first down and one sack. The Cowboys first-team offense is better than this. But it wasn't on Monday night where Tony Romo couldn't get the time necessary to get the ball downfield. David Arkin was steady, according to Jason Garrett, but he allowed a sack and committed a penalty.
Special teams: It's hard to be critical because Dan Bailey converted a 33-yard field goal and Chris Jones had a net average of 42.3, including three punts inside the 20. But there were three special team penalties bringing the Raiders offense back on the field and that's shouldn't happen. Garrett said it was more about players trying to make plays. That's good. But you have to make smart plays.
Felix Jones: He's not a starter anymore, but after his failed conditioning test, we expect a little more out of him this camp. First preseason game, he finished with just four yards on two carries and a dropped pass. Failing the test was inexcusable, and it's not totally his fault the run game struggled, but he could have controlled some things by catching the ball.
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