The Dallas Cowboys are giving two practice squad players the nod, hours ahead of tonight’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Safety Darian Thompson and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle will be on the active roster for the game.
Thompson was one of the final roster cuts for the Dallas Cowboys ahead of Week 1. Last year, he was a major contributor for the team, playing in 15 games and starting seven. He logged 43 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble in 2020.
The Cowboys focused on overhauling what was a brutal defense last year. The team has added a number of defensive backs, including former Indianapolis Colts standout Malik Hooker, veteran safeties Damontae Kazee and Jayron Kearse, and rookie Israel Mukuamu this offseason, making the active roster that much more difficult for Thompson to crack. Even so, he’s being called up very early on.
Sprinkle is in his first year with the Cowboys, after four seasons with NFC East rival Washington. He has 34 receptions for 301 yards and three touchdowns through 59 NFL games. He joins a tight end group that features Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz.
The Cowboys will call up safety Darian Thompson and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle from the practice squad for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 9, 2021
The Dallas Cowboys have a very tough draw on Thursday night, on the road at the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas is a fairly significant underdog against Tom Brady and company, with the line hovering around 7.5 points per Sports Illustrated.
While Tampa is a favorite to repeat, expectations are pretty high in Dallas. The team hopes to turn around its defense after adding a number of talented players. Offensively, the return of stars like Dak Prescott from injury is expected to make a huge difference. All eyes will be on Dak this fall, as he returns from a devastating ankle injury that cost him almost all of 2020, along with a shoulder issue that limited him this summer. He was putting up historic numbers before last season’s injury.
The Cowboys-Bucs game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.