Taco Charlton makes a good impression his second time around – Dallas Cowboys Blog

LOS ANGELES — Taco Charlton has learned that being a first-round pick brings high expectations.

Even though he played in only two series in the Hall of Fame Game and did not make much impact, whispers were creeping in. They were a bit louder when he was held out of one practice last week with an unspecified injury while running sprints in the end zone and going through resistance training.

When T.J. Watt, whom the Dallas Cowboys passed on, picked up two sacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, more eyebrows were raised toward Charlton, taken 28th overall.

In the first quarter of the Cowboys’ 13-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Charlton recorded a sack, had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.

That will get folks thinking good things.

QB depth chart: Kellen Moore started his second straight preseason game, but he was not as efficient as he was in the first, which is a little disconcerting because he had three-fifths of the starting line with La’el Collins, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick. He didn’t have Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Ezekiel Elliott or Cole Beasley, but he made plays against Arizona without those guys. He completed 8 of 17 passes for 69 yards in the first half before giving way to undrafted rookie Cooper Rush.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Cowboys looked …: Since the Cowboys played only 10 of their projected 22 opening-day starters, it’s hard to get a read on what they did. The defense forced a three-and-out on the first series but had to go back on the field when the opening punt was fumbled. They couldn’t get a quick-change stop after that despite Anthony Hitchens forcing a fumble at the goal line. The first-team offense, such as it was, did not get a first down until the second quarter.

One reason to be concerned: The Cowboys are about to start their fourth week of training camp and…

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