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2 Former Kansas Teammates Opening Eyes in Cowboys Training Camp

Brian Martin



2 Former Kansas Teammates Opening Eyes in Cowboys Training Camp

Quick, off the top of your head name a player currently in the NFL who played collegiately at the University of Kansas! Can you? Well, the Dallas Cowboys have two former Kansas Jayhawks, Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise, and both of them are starting to open some eyes in the first week of training camp practices.

The word coming out of training camp is Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise, former teammates at Kansas, are both making a positive impression on the Cowboys coaching staff so far in the first week of camp. It's still pretty early to get too excited about this, but the more they can stand out now the better their chances are of making the final 53-man roster.

Here's what Dallas Cowboys Staff Writer Bryan Broaddus had to say about Defensive Tackle Daniel Wise:

"I continue to see good things from Daniel Wise. Not only does this guy beat blockers at the point in the run game, but he affects the quarterback as well in the pocket. He’s been able to carry things over from OTA’s and minicamp to hear in Oxnard. But I will say that I am still waiting for the coaches to give him more of an opportunity to work against blockers that might be better than him. He fights really well in his weight class, so maybe that will happen sooner rather than later. His quickness and explosiveness have been impressive since arriving from Kansas."

Daniel Wise, an undrafted free agent in 2019, is currently a long shot to make the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster. But if he can continue to stand out against whoever he's battling against it could go a long ways in convincing the coaching staff to keep him around. The Cowboys defensive line could use more disruptive playmakers, and so far it sounds as if Wise could fit the bill.

I'll personally be keeping a close eye on Daniel Wise (#64) from now on, but it's Dorance Armstrong (# 92) who I believe could be more of a factor for the Dallas Cowboys this season, and I'll tell you why.

But first, here's what Bryan Broaddus had to say about Defensive End Dorance Armstrong:

"I liked the power that Dorance Armstrong showed in the 1-on-1 pass rush drills. Armstrong was on Cam Fleming before he had a chance to get out of his stance. As Fleming was retreating into his set, Armstrong was able to take his left hand and drive it into Fleming’s chest, driving him back. Fleming was never able to recover and Armstrong would have gotten the sack. Armstrong has been filling in for DeMarcus Lawrence during OTA’s and minicamp and has carried himself well."

I really can't put into words how giddy this makes me. I was a pretty big fan of Armstrong's coming out of Kansas a year ago because he reminded me a lot of DeMarcus Lawrence, who is currently filling in for at LDE. I know it sounds like a stretch to compare the two, but if you look at their measurables they're nearly a mirror image of one another.

Dorance Armstrong DeMarcus Lawrence
Measurable Measurement Measurable Measurement
Height 6'3 5/8" Height 6'3"
Weight 257 Weight 251
Arm Length 31 3/4" Arm Length 33 3/4"
Hand Size 10" Hand Size 11"
40 Yard Dash 4.87 40 Yard Dash 4.8
Vertical Jump 30" Vertical Jump 34 1/2"
Broad Jump 118" Broad Jump 113"
3-Cone Drill 7.12 3-Cone Drill 7.46
20 Yard Shuffle 4.23 20 Yard Shuffle 4.31
Bench Press 20 reps Bench Press 20 reps

I know measurable's are one thing and production is another, but if the Dallas Cowboys were trying to clone DeMarcus Lawrence they'd have been hard-pressed to do better than Dorance Armstrong. I'm hoping he can turn into something special as well, which is why I'm so giddy he's standing out during Lawrence's absence.

There's still a lot of training camp and preseason to go, but maybe Dorance Armstrong and Daniel Wise can change the way we think about the Kansas Jayhawks football program. The Dallas Cowboys I'm sure wouldn't complain at all if that ends up being the case.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Need More From Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton 1

Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Taco Charlton might be turning things around. The former first round draft pick didn't have a great couple of seasons to start his career off, which forced him to be in a battle to earn a spot on the Cowboys 53-man roster this offseason. Three weeks into the preseason, it looks like he's a lock to make the team. In a "Dress Rehearsal" game that went great for the Cowboys, Charlton's performance was among the best players.

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how the Cowboys' younger defensive ends could force the team to move on from Taco. From Dorance Armstrong to Jalen Jelks, there's a handful of promising players that were participating in a positional battle that one way or another, included Taco Charlton.

However, the Michigan product showed up to play versus the Los Angeles Rams with two passes batted down. Despite making such plays, we still hadn't seen much from him in the pass rush department.

Taco Charlton

That changed against the Houston Texans last Saturday when he managed to get two sacks (one strip-sack), two forced fumbles and a recovery. This was undoubtedly Taco's best game in his career. He still has a lot to prove, but it was definitely good to see him have a "breakout" preseason game.

With such performance, it doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere in 2019. Charlton won't be a starter for this team, but he could become a very important rotational piece for Rod Marinelli's defense. He has a great opportunity to find playing time during the first two weeks of the season before Robert Quinn returns from suspension.

One unfortunate note was that in his best game yet, Taco went out injured twice (ankle). The first time he went back to the field to get some more but had to walk off the field for a second time. Hopefully, he's able to play next Thursday but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't after having a breakout game versus the Texans.

Taco Charlton still has a very long way to justify being a first-round pick, but his play against Houston was a start. It will be very interesting to see how he plays in the 2019 regular season. He'll have to fight for playing time and he'll have to make every snap count to turn his career around.

Tell me what you think about "Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys’ Taryn Christion Gets Time at QB; More Coming?

Jess Haynie



Taryn Christion

Last night was the first time we've seen Taryn Christion, the Dallas Cowboys' fourth quarterback on the current depth chart, actually playing the position in preseason. Could we see more of Christion at QB in this Thursday's finale, and at what point should Mike White be worried?

Signed just a few days before training camp began, Christion has been tried at running back, receiver, and various special teams units while the Cowboys were in Oxnard. But last week he started getting more time at quarterback, and last night's win over the Houston Texans saw him playing a few drives at QB to close the game out.

Sure, Taryn came in fourth behind White in the rotation. But that Dallas thought to give him reps in that game, the critical dress rehearsal game, is telling.

Jason Garrett doesn't get cute with rotations and playing time. He's old school, and there's meaning in every decision he makes about when and how guys get time in preseason.

Ironically, the decision came following Mike White's best preseason game this year. He went 6-of-9 for 56 yards and a touchdown, plus avoided any sacks or turnovers.

Rather than let White keep building on that, though, Dallas pulled him for Taryn Christion in the 4th quarter. It seemed as if the Cowboys were determined to get him some time at QB.

An even better showcase will come this Thursday night. The Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final preseason game; we know Dak Prescott won't be playing, and the team may even protect Cooper Rush with limited time on the field.

Dallas likely intends to give Christion some significant playing time on Thursday. And to help make that easier, they played him last night to get some of those butterflies out of his system.

No, Taryn Christion probably isn't going to make the 53-man roster. Neither is Mike White, for that matter. It feels like the battle for the number-three QB is more about the practice squad now.

But whatever the case, the battle seems to be heating up. Dallas appears more invested in Christion now as a quarterback than at any other point since he arrived; some added intrigue for Thursday's final preseason game.

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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game

Matthew Lenix



HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game 1

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have scripted a better result in tonight's dress rehearsal game against the Houston Texans. All three phases of the game made big plays as they dominated 34 to 0.

The night belonged to the defense as they terrorized Houston's starters and reserves along the offensive line with 8 sacks. Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick turned outcast was the star of the night with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In my opinion, if there were any doubts about him making the roster he put them to bed tonight.

Kerry Hyder showed once again why he's one of the smartest free-agent signings of 2019. After being a lost man in the 3-4 defensive scheme with his former team the Lions, he's done a really good job applying pressure even though he hadn't recorded any sacks in the first two preseason games. However, tonight he recorded 2 sacks and reminded everyone of the player who had 8 sacks in 2016.

The young guys weren't to be left out in this defensive clinic. Dorance Armstrong, Trysten Hill, Daniel Wise, and Joe Jackson all had half sacks. Rookie Safety Donovan Wilson had one of the plays of the night with a beautiful interception as he tapped both feet before heading out of bounds. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who will probably make the roster on his special teams ability, got in on the interception party himself high pointing a contested pass.

Dak Prescott was only 2 for 5 (11 for 14 in the preseason) but managed to escape what looked like a sure sack and roll to his left and threw a rope to Michael Gallup for a touchdown. The two have shown a lot of growth and chemistry during training camp, something that was missing at times in 2018.

Wide Receiver Devin Smith had 6 receptions for 79 yards while Cedrick Wilson snagged 3 passes on 4 targets. Both receivers are fighting for the final roster spots in the receiver group which they'll have to continue to do next week against the Buccaneers.

Tight End Marcus Lucas had a very solid game with 4 catches for 50 yards. He will definitely be a player to watch in the final preseason game before final cuts are made. Cooper Rush went 15 for 25 and further solidified his position as the primary backup to Prescott. Mike White was also solid going 6 for 9 and tossing a touchdown.

Special teams got in on the action themselves when Linebacker Joe Thomas recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Now the Cowboys have only one more preseason game before the 2019 season begins. All that's left now is figuring out the last few roster spots and staying as healthy as possible. September 8th is right around the corner.

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