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Hall of Fame Game Recap: Cowboys Who Are Earning the Star

Several Dallas Cowboys showed out to beat the Arizona Cardinals 20-18 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night. 

It was a rocky first half for the Cowboys as they allowed Arizona to score rather easily on their first couple of drives. We saw a lot of safety Byron Jones during the first quarter coming over on those plays.

A couple of notable players this game are Brice Butler and Rico Gathers. These guys reminded us that the preseason isn’t about wins or loses— it’s about earning the star, as the Cowboys put it.

There has been positive talk about Butler during training camp and after the plays he made this game it is clear that he is determined to keep his spot on the roster.

Butler caught two passes from backup quarterback, Kellen Moore, including a diving 32-yard gain that definitely set the tone for the night. With all other receivers sitting out, this was Butler’s moment to prove himself and that is exactly what he did. It may take a little more to consider him as a starting receiver on this team but he is certainly moving in the right direction.

The hype about Rico Gathers has been real…so far. Gathers played all four quarters of the game and definitely took advantage of his play time with Geoff Swaim and James Hanna sitting out.

Gathers had three notable catches for 59 yards and a 26-yard touchdown that had an excited Dez Bryant celebrating on the sideline.

There was a lot of commentary on Gathers’ old basketball days at Baylor but it was hard to ignore those hoops skills when the tight end is scoring off of a jump ball.

NOTEWORTHY: Alfred Morris displayed strong athleticism with a Zeke-worthy spin move on a 25-yard run. He has 42 yards for seven carries and showed experience in making good reads.

These three players could have a lot to offer as the next few weeks unfold before beginning the official season.

Credentialed media member covering the Dallas Wings. Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys. Proud product of UT Arlington. Lover of NFL Sundays.

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