Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s philosophy is about putting his players in the best situations to succeed by taking advantage of their strengths. Quinn is doing that with undrafted free agent safety Markquese Bell as he’s using his skills as a thumper to also get work at linebacker.

Second-year defensive lineman Chauncey Golston appears to be headed towards an expanded role, as well. The former Iowa Hawkeye has been going hard in the weight room according to Kyle Youmans of the Cowboys’ team website, putting on nearly 20 extra pounds over the course of the offseason.

“He looks massive,” Youmans told A to Z Sports Dallas morning show host William “Skywalker” Steele on Thursday. “And in a good way. His arms are bigger, his legs are wider, he’s got more on the core side of things. Like, he looks big.

“And so, watching him, I’m like ‘OK, he looks big is this a good thing or a bad thing?’ And then when they were in drills and you’re looking for get-off and you’re looking for quickness; and the bend and the ability to move – he was one that was still as quick as the other guys. I mean, he didn’t lose a step despite his size.”

The Cowboys were bullied in the playoffs against the 49ers, so getting stronger and tougher in the trenches is key for the upcoming season.

During his collegiate days, Golston slid inside to play defensive tackle along with his work as an edge rusher, much like rookie Sam Williams. Quinn feels Golston has a certain advantage that can be utilized when playing against interior offensive lineman and looks to tap into that in 2022.

“It’s something that Coach Quinn has talked about since last year,” Golston said. “With my long arms, it’ll be tougher for inside lineman to get their hands off of me.”

Youmans backed that up.

“He’s anticipating that he’d play a little bit more of a three-technique. Maybe a little bit more of a a five-technique,” said Youmans. “He played two snaps last year at nose tackle. I don’t know if he’s going to do any more of that; specifically. But I would expect maybe more of a versatile role for him, bouncing along that defensive line.

“He may take more snaps as an interior defensive lineman than a he would as an edge rusher…. They want him to be versatile and right now, he’s showing off that versatility in the early part of OTAs.”

Putting Golston inside will certainly help the Cowboys against the run, and they need it. Although the Cowboys gave up 46 fewer yards per game versus the run in 2021 than the year before, they had several games where teams gashed them badly, like their first-round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers when they allowed 169 yards on the ground.

Golston did get some work inside for the Cowboys during his rookie year, playing nearly 130 snaps there. That versatility will go a long way for the Cowboys’ defense when it comes to presenting different looks and can also keep other guys fresh.

The Cowboys are hoping that Golston has better luck on the injury front this season. A nagging hamstring injury kept him limited during training camp, and he didn’t make his debut until Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

As the season went along, Golston carved out a role in the Cowboys’ rotation on the defensive line, racking up 414 snaps in 15 games. Also, he made an impact on special teams, logging 136 snaps there.

Young players in the NFL should always have the mindset of going the extra mile to help their team win, which is Golston’s thinking when it comes to his impact on the Cowboys.

“I’m willing to play wherever they need me,” said Golston. “I’d even suit up and play left tackle if that’s what they wanted me to do. I’m not sure how well that would go, but I’d do it.”

Chef Quinn showed last season that all he needs is the right ingredients to whip up a five-course meal. Golston’s diverse skill set adds some spice to what’s going to be put on the dinner plate in 2022.

You can check out Skywalker’s segment about Golston below:

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