The Dallas Cowboys are preaching a defensive identity as of late. As question marks arise around the offense due to injuries, the team is betting on Dan Quinn’s defense to be a difference maker once more. A recent example of this comes from Anthony Barr’s signing.
And while the defense features plenty of stars like Micah Parsons, there’s more to the Cowboys’ defensive success than meets the eye. Quinn has been able to establish a unique unity toward its squad.
Versatility is the name of the game in Dallas. Even under-the-radar guys like Dorance Armstrong have been able to prove they can do a little bit of everything.
One of those who can also do this is undrafted free agent Markquese Bell. The rookie received a ton of guaranteed money by the Cowboys after the NFL Draft and Quinn’s quotes on the safety are clearly optimistic.
“You feel somebody’s hunger for it. You just do.” When asked about the undrafted rookie, the coach led off by praising his hunger. “Just like there are levels of talent, there are levels of someone going for it in the very biggest way.”
“When he was coming out of Florida A&M I was really pushing to get him drafted as a linebacker,” confessed the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator on Wednesday’s press conference. “Then we selected a linebacker and I said ‘this guy would make a hell of a safety”
That goes to show you just how much Quinn likes the rookie. As to the why? Surprise, surprise, he believes Markquese Bell can hold the fort down in two different positions.
“What I’ve seen so far is someone who can handle multiple roles,” said Quinn. “I do feel like he has the speed and length to play two spots on our defense. Both in the backend as safety and down closer to the line of scrimmage as a linebacker.”
Quinn is aware he still needs to figure out how to best utilize Bell’s talents.
Plus, there’s one more big test Bell needs to clear, per the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. How can he hit in live action? Dallas is aiming to get that answer in the preseason which starts on August 13th for the Cowboys. It’s fair to say joint practices will also go a long way for Bell’s evaluation.
Although things can change quickly in this unforgiving sport, it sure looks like Markquese Bell will be a member of the 53-man roster when the season begins.
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