Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans: What You Should Watch For

By peteosmolia
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Well, it’s finally here. Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans will mark the end of the preseason for the Dallas Cowboys.

For some players, tonight’s game is going to be the last chance to prove to this coaching staff that they can be an asset to this team. I am not expecting to see any starters suiting up for the game tonight, which means we are going to see all of the second- and third-string players.

Tonight, I am going to have my eye on quarterback Alex Tanney. Dallas is most likely going to keep two quarterbacks on the roster. Tony Romo and Kyle Orton have those two positions locked down. If Tanney can prove himself, the Cowboys might keep him around on the practice squad and try to develop him for the future.

In recent weeks, Jeff Heath has been making some noise at the safety position. He has come up with some nice plays when he has been given the opportunity, this including last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he smacked the ball carrier and forced the ball loose.

I am looking forward to seeing Heath get plenty of playing time tonight. If he can hold his own with extended playing time, I think has a good chance of making the team.

I am anxious to see what is going to happen with the wide receiver position for the season opener. Dallas obviously has their first three receiver positions figured out. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin will be the no. 1 and no. 2 receivers, Dwayne Harris and Terrance Williams will also be worked into the mix. If the Cowboys decide the keep six receivers on the roster, I believe they keep Cole Beasley and Anthony Armstrong.

However, if they only decide to keep five receivers, Beasley and Armstrong will have to prove themselves tonight. Will the Cowboys decide to keep the precise route runner in Beasley, or the speedy receiver capable of stretching the field in Armstrong? I am excited to see how this position battle turns out!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I cannot wait for the season to start. I have a really good feeling about this season.

Pete Osmolia is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @posmolia and like him on Facebook.

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