Less than one week into training camp, the Dallas Cowboys could be looking to add some defensive talent to the team.

ESPN’s Field Yates reported the Cowboys held a tryout for former first-round pick Takk McKinley. Michael Gehlken later indicated that the visit didn’t include an actual workout, but rather a physical and meetings with coaches.

There’s an obvious connection between McKinley and Dan Quinn, who was the Falcons’ head coach when Atlanta drafted the pass rusher with the 26th overall pick in 2017. In his first two seasons in Atlanta, McKinley totaled 13 sacks and 21 tackles for loss. He was waived in 2020 after appearing in only four regular season games.

McKinley is aiming to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in last year’s Week 14 playing for the Cleveland Browns.

According to Michael Gehlken from Dallas Morning News, the pass-rusher is set to make other visits.

The Cowboys could use some depth at edge rusher. Although DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons are top-tier players in their respective roles, there are question marks for the rotation on the other side of the defensive line.

Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler Jr., and rookie Sam Williams will all be fighting for playing time. Adding someone like McKinley to the group could provide additional competition and much-needed depth.

The Cowboys consistently make low-risk, high-reward bets and this could become the latest one. Coming off of such a significant injury, McKinley’s deal is unlikely to be expensive.

Specifically, the Cowboys made bets on players with recent Achilles injuries in 2021. Malik Hooker and Damontae Kazee proved to be quality free agency additions in spite of their injuries.

If Takk ends up signing with Dallas, it’d only be fair to have confidence in the Cowboys making it work.

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