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3 Players the Cowboys Should Cut After Preseason Week 1

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 23: Dak Prescott #4, Ezekiel Elliott #21 and head coach Jason Garrett celebrate the 59 yard field goal by Brett Maher #2 of the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys had their share of struggles in a 17-9 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in their first preseason game.

With important roster decisions looming, some difficult decisions certainly are on the way for the front office. But, which players could be on the way out? Here's a look at three players Dallas should cut:

1. Jon'Vea Johnson, WR

TOLEDO, OH - OCTOBER 31: Jon'vea Johnson #7 of the Toledo Rockets runs the ball in the game against the Ball State Cardinals on October 31, 2018 in Toledo, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Johnson was not picked in April's draft, but he was one of the top undrafted free agents on the market. The Cowboys have been excited about his ability, but his ongoing struggle with drops could spell the end of his short tenure with the organization. Johnson's butter fingers were on full display in the first week of preseason, and that's the easiest way for a receiver to lose his job.

2. Jordan Chunn, RB

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Jordan Chunn #46 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes past Ufomba Kamalu #94 of the Houston Texans in the second half of the preseason game at NRG Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Chunn, an undrafted rookie out of Troy State in 2018, spent all of last season on the Cowboys practice squad. He's flashed some talent in camp, but the 24-year-old back didn't impress in the first preseason game. He failed to get out of bounds at a crucial point at the end of the first half against the 49ers, and he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the ball at an opponent. That kind of immaturity is not what the coaches want to see.

3. Brett Maher, K

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Kicker Brett Maher #2 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a point after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams to trail 30-22 in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
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Maher had a pretty good rookie season in 2018, making good on 29 of his 36 field-goal attempts, including 6 of 7 from 50-plus yards. Unfortunately, he's had a rough training camp by most reports, and his first preseason performance was shaky. He missed a 35-yarder and 2 of his 3 makes barely snuck between the uprights. For a team with postseason aspirations, the Cowboys may want to look elsewhere for kicking help.