News: ESPND: Watkins: Random Thoughts: Not enough pressure

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    By Calvin Watkins |

    After reviewing the Cowboys' Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, here are some random thoughts on what happened:

    * Pressure. The Cowboys mainly used four- and three-man pressures against rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Why is that an issue? Out of 58 snaps, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware dropped back in coverage just three times and Anthony Spencer 14 times. However, Seattle ran eight play-action pass plays, freezing the linebackers. That might be why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan didn't send more defenders. Maybe the Cowboys were afraid of getting beat over the middle if the linebackers were flying at the quarterback.

    * It's easy to get caught up in snap counts, but let's examine why Felix Jones got 19 in Week 2 and just 12 in Week 1. DeMarco Murray closed out the game in the Week 1 win and Jones' minor rib injury limited his play totals. In Week 2, Jones was on the field at the end of the game as the Cowboys tried to score one last touchdown in a 27-7 blowout. Jones caught two of the last three passes of the game for 13 and 23 yards. If the Cowboys are leading Tampa Bay this Sunday, expect Jones' snap count to remain at 12-15. If the Cowboys are down big, maybe it goes up to about 20.

    * In a career first, cornerback Mike Jenkins had more special teams snaps (10) than defensive snaps (8). The Cowboys are slowly bringing him back after his recovery from shoulder surgery. Recent developments are forcing the Cowboys to maybe use Jenkins more at free safety. It seems strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) is going to miss some time, and there's no telling how serious Barry Church's quad injury is. Jenkins could move into a free safety role against Tampa Bay and pick up tight ends and the fourth receiver if one exists. The question is who plays strong safety? Danny McCray is a sure tackler, though he missed two vs. Seattle -- one on special teams and another on defense. McCray most likely will be inserted as the strong safety, so expect Jenkins to come off the field in short yardage situations.

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