Jones' comment: "I like Trysten. I think he's making the most of his opportunities. You certainly see going against the kind of competition he's going against."
LB LUKE GIFFORD
The rookie undrafted free agent from Nebraska has turned heads since the start of camp and really impressed when he suffered a compound dislocation of a finger in practice last week, didn't miss a day and had an interception in the preseason opener against the 49ers.
He suffered a high ankle sprain and will likely be out until the start of the season. Is it enough to make the roster?
Jones' comment: "I like the Nebraska linebacker. I think he's showed up really good."
RB TONY POLLARD
The rookie fourth-round pick has been in the spotlight since the start of camp because of holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott's absence. Jones has used the speedy Pollard's impressive play as a bargaining chip in the Elliott negotiations. He was drafted to compliment Elliott's bruising running ways. Can he carry the load if necessary?
Jones' comment: "And certainly No. 36. I don't want to put him on the spot, but you don't have to be a trained eye to see he has a lot special. What is impressive is, I don't know when I've seen a rookie come in and grasp his assignments and how to execute them. It's one thing to basically understand it in the classroom. But to go out and execute it and execute it on a full speed level is impressive. He'll go early for us. He'll play early."
C TRAVIS FREDERICK
Frederick has had a normal camp after missing all of last season with Guillain-Barre syndrome. The Cowboys brought him along slowly. He has had no setbacks. Everything has been normal on the football field. There is no reason he shouldn't return to his Pro Bowl-level of play. Joe Looney played solidly in his place but Frederick's return takes the offensive line's play to another level.
Jones' comment: "Frederick, if you had to pick one thing about this camp that is different from last year's camp, is to be sitting here in the frame of mind we are right now about Frederick. He's singularly could make the biggest difference on this team."
WR JON'VEA JOHNSON
This undrafted rookie free agent has turned heads since OTAs and minicamp because of his speed, explosiveness and quick understanding of the offense. He started out camp well but has had a case of the drops under the bright lights, first in the Blue-White scrimmage and then in the preseason opener. He looks more like a practice squad option than roster player at this point. But the Cowboys still like him, a lot.
Jones comment: "I like what we have seen from this 81, young receiver. I like what he is up to. I like the way he is competing. I like that some of the veteran players are giving him a big old vote of confidence. They like him. They think he is made of the right stuff."
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