PK Jose Cortez - With Billy Cundiff temporarily removed from the kicking equation, Jose Cortez needed to perfect Monday night to have staying power with the Dallas Cowboys. He was. Cortez drilled field goals from 36, 46, and 44 yards to help lift Dallas to an eight-point win. He also sent the majority of his kickoffs into the endzone. "I was just trying to take advantage of every field-goal attempt that we had," Cortez said afterward. "I'm glad that everything went my way tonight."
WR Patrick Crayton - Crayton's five-catch 82-yard performance Monday solidifies his role as the third wide receiver on the team. "He catches everything," QB Drew Bledsoe said after his performance last night.
OL Rob Petitti - Right tackle Rob Petitti, who now appears to settling into his new role as a starter with the recent loss of Jacob Rogers, was solid Monday night. Most importantly, he did not commit any stupid penalties, and provided more than adequate protection for Drew Bledsoe.
OLB Demarcus Ware - Obviously, when a player turns in a peformance that includes a sack, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception it's going to be considered a good night. "I was a little more comfortable with the defense and what the guys are doing," Ware said of his performance. "On a scale of one to 10 I'd say it was an eight." For the first time in a long time, it looks like a Cowboys' draft strategy is going to pay off.
QB Drew Henson - Henson continues to remain positive, but his results are less than impressive. For the night, he completed just 4-of-10 passes for just 38 yards and an interception. Entering the Cowboys' third preseason game Saturday against Houston, Henson clearly remains entrenched as the Cowboys third string quarterback.
RB Marion Barber - The fourth round pick out of Minnesota had his share of good moments Monday night, but it was fumble (which was returned for a touchdown that was eventually called back) that stood out the most to Bill Parcells. After watching Tyson Thompson's performance against the Arizona Cardinals, ask yourself: "Is Marion Barber the better back between the two?"
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