Tyler Patmon states his case

MIAMI -- If a phone call last May was just a little different, Tyler Patmon would have been playing against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night as a member of the Miami Dolphins, not for them.

After going undrafted and unable to secure a rookie free-agent contract, Patmon had offers from the Cowboys and Dolphins to attend a rookie minicamp tryout. He chose the Cowboys’ offer and played well enough to earn a contract for training camp.

On Saturday, Patmon had two interceptions, returning one 9 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble, deflected two passes and led the Cowboys with five tackles.

“I made a few plays,” Patmon said. “I left a couple out there, but I definitely made some plays.”

Perhaps enough to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster. With Orlando Scandrick to be suspended for the first four games, the Cowboys will be looking for corners to pair with Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Sterling Moore. With B.W. Webb out a hip flexor injury sustained in practice last week and unable to play against the Dolphins, Patmon was the beneficiary.

“I think he’s trying to make this team,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “He played like that. Don’t just look at tonight, but if you look at really how he’s competed all camp and you hear his name come up as these coaches have met from time to time, looking at the personnel, evaluating it, grading the personnel, he’s had a good camp overall.”

Patmon can play in the slot or outside, which helps his chances of making the team. So did his hustle on a 53-yard run.

“That was a short-yardage situation where they broke the line of scrimmage and that’s when the corners and safeties have to show up,” coach Jason Garrett said. “It potentially could’ve been a 70- or 80-yard touchdown run. To tackle him there even after a big gain, it forced them to earn it. Those are big plays.”

Big plays get undrafted players noticed.

The Cowboys’ cuts start this week and the 53-man roster will be finalized by Saturday. Patmon is not thinking he has anything made.

“Man, I can’t,” he said. “I’ve got to keep going, keep pounding, keep getting better every single day. That’s my goal and my mission to make my coaches believe that I can start in this league and play with the best players in this league.”