The Dallas Cowboys are going up against a number of high-priority pass rushers this season. With names like Aaron Donald, Josh Allen (JAX), Rashan Gary and Robert Quinn still on the horizon.
Having already gone up against the likes of Shaquil Barrett and Trey Hendrickson, with mixed results. Now they will go up against the New York Giants and their own star pass rushers who each could make their 2022 regular season debuts.
Rookie first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux and second-year edge Azeez Ojulari.
Just spoke with Azeez Ojulari.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 22, 2022
He says he’s playing Monday night vs. the Cowboys.
He missed the first 2 games with a strained calf.
Giants OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari trending 📈 to make their debut Monday night vs Cowboys.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) September 22, 2022
Here was Thibodeaux vs Evan Neal during media viewing: pic.twitter.com/ezrLMMeh6v
Ojulari started his 2022 campaign on the NFL’s NFI (non-football injury) list with a hamstring injury. He has been progressively practicing more and more to get back into the lineup. While Thibodeaux is dealing with an MCL sprained in preseason.
Both are looking for strong debuts, considering how well the Giants have done without them, and the upside they have being on the field together.
In two games against the Dallas Cowboys in 2021, he only managed seven tackles, one QB hit and .5 sacks. However, his overall season was much more impressive, including 27 QB pressures and eight sacks, third amongst rookies. Behind only Micah Parsons (13) and Jaelen Phillips (8.5).
While the talk in Dallas is in regards to the offensive line, and what it could look like with Jason Peters, it will be rookie Tyler Smith who’ll get the go against Ojulari. He’s a primarily right-side edge rusher.
Assuming Thibodeaux is good to go, it will be third-year Terence Steele in his face. While Steele has had an up and down season, it would be his first football action in over a month. With the likelihood of limited snaps on return.
The offensive line as a unit is playing better as of late. It would be a great challenge for them, especially Smith and Steele if both Ojulari and Thibodeaux play. It likely won’t be until gameday that we know if both can play, but it should be a good litmus test for the remainder of the season.
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