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Antwaun Woods: Cowboys DT is Just Getting Started

went undrafted in 2016 coming out of USC. After two years with the , he would only see one game of action. In May of 2018, the Cowboys signed Woods to a two-year contract worth 1.05 million. Probably seen as nothing more than a guy, Woods would quickly show he was much more than that.

The newly acquired Woods started his climb to stardom in during , and not for making plays. One day during practice he got into a friendly game of fisticuffs with All-Pro . The team even posted the on , which had fans buzzing and wanting to know who he was.

All-Pro echoed those thoughts when he saw Woods during camp. “Honestly, when we first got him, we were like, ‘Who is this guy?'. He was giving Travis Frederick, one of our best players, hell all camp. Just trying to figure out where this guy came from,” Elliott said.

Once the regular season started it was clear the Cowboys had found a hidden gem. Although the sack numbers won't dazzle you, seeing as he only registered 1.5, you could forget about running the ball anywhere near him. Woods has amazing quickness for a 300 pounder which allows him to extend his arms before offensive lineman can get a hand on him.

How significant is that? It becomes that much easier to bull rush and blow running plays up in the backfield.

When you can get your hands on an offensive lineman immediately when the ball is snapped, he's basically under your control. You can move him around like a puppet on a string. Essential for a 1-technique nose . With that being said, there should be no surprise the Cowboys finished fifth against the run in 2018 with Woods manning the middle.

Woods draws a lot of double teams, and he handles them well. Having the ability to take on multiple linemen frees up your other playmakers. As the anchor in the middle, Woods made life a lot easier for not only his fellow defensive linemen but the team's two young star Linebackers and . Allowing them to roam freely like Lions in the Serengeti makes running backs essentially Zebra's carrying the ball, cooked food. So much so that both tallied over 120 tackles and were the only teammates in the NFL to rank in the top 15 in that category.

There's nothing but upside with Antwaun Woods. He's only had 18 games of experience in three years. He's already a stud, but with limited snaps, it can only mean he'll be even more formidable going forward.

The Cowboys have a loaded group with around 15 bodies, plenty of competition. All signs point to him remaining the starter, but it's not guaranteed. Even with that being said I don't expect a complacency from Woods, especially with and looking like the only sure starters on the . Plus this is a contract year for him, so you know he'll be even more motivated as he tries to maximize his dollars. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg from this raw talent, setting up for a potential breakout year for him in 2019.

Matthew Lenix
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I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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nutsacjack

his “climb to stardom”?

c’mon, that’s way over the top

you “can’t run anywhere near him”?

I think the rams want a word

entertainedbyidiots

he played with a torn labrum that game. i’d say going from a released ps/camp body to a pretty dominant starter makes you a rising star in some circles.

oh, and i think the seahawks want a word.

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