A question we have already asked this off-season is who will be the person to step up next on the Dallas Cowboys defense? They have four sure-fire players in Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Jayron Kearse and DeMarcus Lawrence.
Beyond them, it’s unknown just who will be the defenses ‘5th man’. Particularly in the most questionable spot on defense, on the interior line.
However, thanks to some new information from DallasCowboys.com’s own Kyle Youmans out of training camp, it might come from a surprise name. While names like Osa Odighizuwa or Dorance Armstrong are popular names, it’s another defensive lineman that’s leaving an impression.
Second-year edge rusher/defensive tackle Chauncey Golston.
Goslton played his rookie season primarily as a run-defending edge/tackle. A player who’ll apply pressure to the QB (one sack, 10 pressures), while also doing the ‘dirty work’. Absorbing blocks to allow pass rushers to get in the backfield.
He spoke recently on Pick 6 Sports about which player on the front seven could become the next ‘guy’ up front. Impressed with his weight gain (20 lbs) and effectiveness inside and out (00:37:00).
Despite it being early, rotational defensive lineman is giving positive impressions.
“He’s bulked up, he’s bigger than he was last year… He’s found a way to really embrace being an inside and an outside guy. We’re gonna see him as a 3-technique. I think we’re gonna see him as a 5-technique. We may even see him on the edge because that’s what he played at Iowa… I think he’s going to bring that to the table, but I think he’s also gonna bring that interior presence as well. Which already a crowded room, and I think things will get real interesting.”
The pads will come on next week, meaning the “trenches” will give the Dallas Cowboys a better idea of which defensive lineman will be ready. If Golston’s offseason weight gain correlates to success, than he could end up being more than a rotational run-stopper.
As versatile as he is, and skilled in run defense, the state of the defensive line is still in question following the loss of Randy Gregory, and the ways it got shredded against the run in the second half of the season.
If Golston’s any indication of progress made, it could mean a turnaround year for the front seven as a whole.
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