Get ready to potentially see Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith on special teams

Football is a meritocracy. Thank you, Tony Romo.

We all know that so much about life in the National Football League is about what you have done lately. If you are not performing, the game has a way of weeding you out, unless you are a player that your team is placating for one reason or another.

Call it what you want, but the Dallas Cowboys have been a bit guilty of favoritism in certain departments over the years. Many fans have wanted to see the status quo challenged all over the team in the name of competition yielding the best players at every position.

Linebacker is certainly one of the more crowded parts of the roster with two first-round picks in recent memory and a second contract all hanging out in the room. Micah Parsons has shown a lot to be impressed by thus far in the preseason and newbie Keanu Neal is making his presence known.