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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Cooper Rush and rookie running back Tony Pollard both had strong outings in the Dallas Cowboys‘ 14-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game and the other games played this week will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle. ELITE subscribers can view player grades, advanced statistics, positional snap counts and more in Premium Stats.

Final Score

Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Dallas Cowboys

Taco Charlton had another productive game as a pass-rusher against reserve offensive linemen. Linebacker Justin Phillips also made a highlight-reel interception in the third quarter on a post route from Brandon Allen intended for Kendall Blanton.

Swing tackle Cameron Fleming was fantastic in pass protection against Los Angeles' defensive front. While he didn't have a banner day in the run game, his efforts as a pass-blocker were far above average.

Los Angeles Rams

Darrell Henderson caught a wheel route against Jaylon Smith on third down for a 26-yard gain on the Rams' first drive. He showed great burst all throughout and made several strong plays in the passing game.

Rookie Texas Tech product Dakota Allen laid the boom on a big defensive stop in the backfield late in the contest. He also several other tackles in the contested, including multiple defensive stops in addition to his big hit in the backfield.

Dallas Cowboys

Backup quarterback Mike White had multiple plays he'd like to have back against Los Angeles' defense, including an ugly interception thrown to Donte Deayon down the right sideline in the second half.

Cornerback CJ Goodwin, an undrafted free agent from the 2014 class, missed a tackle and allowed multiple receptions into his coverage on his way to an underwhelming performance Saturday night.

Los Angeles Rams

Edge defender John Franklin-Myers didn't have a great night against Dallas' offensive line. He failed to create pressure in the passing game and finished the contest with zero defensive stops.

Backup guard Jamil Demby, a 2016 sixth-rounder out of the University of Maine, was an absolute liability in this one. He turned in ugly performances in pass protection and in the run game.

[Editor's Note: All of PFF's player grades and advanced statistics are finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle of each game during the preseason. Sign up today to gain access!]

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