The Cowboys 2022 offseason program has officially started and I know fans are already asking for inside coverage about who looks the best in t-shirts and shorts. The 2022 team was together for the first time last week for OTAs where the media got a chance to look at newly drafted rookies and seasoned veterans on the same field.
Every year a player or two stands out among the others whether it be an undrafted free agent, a lower level roster player, or a newly signed free agent. Of course, everyone wants to know what the newly drafted rookies look like, but there seem to be a few players left out of the fans interest.
Here are 3 players that are already flying under the radar to start the 2022 season.
Rico Dowdle (Running Back)
3rd year running back Rico Dowdle spent all of last year on the sideline with a hip injury. He didn’t appear in a game for the Cowboys and seems to be a forgotten man at this point in the Cowboys’ running back room. It isn’t hard for him to fly under the radar when guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard stand in front of him on the depth chart.
Dowdle should be back and healthy to start the 2022 season, and the 3rd running back spot should be his for the taking.
We’ll likely see a lot of him during the preseason and he should turn some heads with the opportunities that he is given.
James Washington (Wide Receiver)
Signed to a one-year deal in March, Cowboys newly acquired WR James Washington seems to have overshadowed. A lot of the excitement about Washington has been outweighed by the addition of Jalen Tolbert.
Although he didn’t put up All-Pro numbers with the Steelers, the Cowboys will still look to Washington for production this season, especially early in the year. WR Michael Gallup could miss a few games rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Washington will likely line up as the Cowboys’ 2nd receiver with Ceedee Lamb on the other side with Tolbert in the slot. Expect him to have a large role when 2022 kicks off in September.
Dorance Armstrong (Defensive End)
Although he isn’t an under-the-radar player for the Cowboys coaching staff and front office, it seems a lot of fans forget Armstrong resigned for a good deal this offseason.
Armstrong has been in the shadows of Randy Gregory for the past few seasons as a rotational piece and unappreciated playmaker. Last season Armstrong held his own as a right defensive end posting just one less sack than Gregory.
Last season he record 5 sacks, and 23 tackles while only appearing in 13 games. This season he’ll get the chance to win the starting job in training camp and could be a key piece to this defensive end rotation in 2022.
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