Sunday night was the first opportunity for the Dallas Cowboys rookies to see the field in a real live NFL game where the final score means something. The game was sort of ugly, but the Cowboys got the W. Playing against one of the better defenses in all of football, the offense struggled to gain momentum early, but Dak was able to find his groove as the game went on and Ezekiel Elliott eclipsed 100 yards on the ground against a strong front seven. The game, though, was dominated by the Cowboys’ defense. All night long, Eli Manning was forced to get the ball out quickly and risk throwing an errant pass or else be sacked by DeMarcus Lawrence.
How did the first-year players perform in the season opener? Three rookies did not see the field: undrafted free agent Cooper Rush, seventh-round wide receiver Noah Brown, and third-round defensive back Jourdan Lewis.

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