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Chauncey Golston’s Debut Could be Impactful for Cowboys vs Eagles

Rookie Chauncey Golston has only been practicing for a few weeks and yet to be active for his first NFL game. But the defensive end just might debut for the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, and other injuries could put him in a position to make an impact against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Golston was one of three 3rd-Round picks for Dallas in the 2021 NFL Draft. He was taken nine spots after Defensive Tackle Osa Odighizuwa and 15 spots before Cornerback Nahshon Wright.

A hamstring injury put Chauncey on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp. He remained there throughout August, missing all four preseason games and lots of practice work. Golston passed a physical and joined the active roster as Dallas was making its final cuts.

The rookie had to be worked back in after missing so much time, not practicing fully in Week 1 and being inactive for the season opener. Though he did practice in full pads last week, Chauncey again didn’t dress for the Chargers game.

Now he’s not even showing on the Week 3 injury report. And that’s good, because some other important defensive linemen are.

Patrik [No C] Walker on Twitter: “Dorance Armstrong (ankle) and Carlos Watkins (knee) will not take the field when the #Cowboys host the Eagles — per MM.Dallas has depth, i.e., aid of Micah Parsons + others that include both Breeland Speaks and Justin Hamilton on practice squad + Chauncey Golston debut (?). / Twitter”

Dorance Armstrong (ankle) and Carlos Watkins (knee) will not take the field when the #Cowboys host the Eagles — per MM.Dallas has depth, i.e., aid of Micah Parsons + others that include both Breeland Speaks and Justin Hamilton on practice squad + Chauncey Golston debut (?).

Jon Machota on Twitter: “Mike McCarthy is hopeful that Cowboys rookie DE Chauncey Golston can make his debut Monday night. He practiced in pads last week for the first time. “He really looked good (in practice). Looked like he was ready to go. I hope he builds off last week’s work.” / Twitter”

Mike McCarthy is hopeful that Cowboys rookie DE Chauncey Golston can make his debut Monday night. He practiced in pads last week for the first time. “He really looked good (in practice). Looked like he was ready to go. I hope he builds off last week’s work.”

These issues are on top of the absence of DeMarcus Lawrence, who broke his foot last week in practice and will likely be out until midseason. Though Randy Gregory is back from COVID and Micah Parsons has emerged as a pass rushing option, Dallas still needs worthy players in that DE rotation.

Given how much work he’s missed over the summer, Golston’s ability to be an immediate contributor is dubious. But it is encouraging to see how quickly his fellow 3rd-rounder, Osa Odighizuwa, has become a top performer among the defensive tackles.

Where Chauncey can hopefully help immediately is in run defense and early downs. That’s where Lawrence was a star as one of the top-graded run stoppers in all of the NFL. That’s was also Golston’s advertised strength when he was drafted.

If Golston can be an effective player against the run and take those snaps, it helps keep Gregory and Parsons fresh to go get the quarterback in passing downs.

You’re probably not going to look at the box score on Tuesday and think that Chauncey had a big game. But if he can handle a workload and facilitate for teammates without being a liability, that would be a huge contribution from the rookie.

The Cowboys will need help from everyone on Monday night in what should be a tense game against the rival Eagles. It’s a high-pressure situation for anyone to make their debut, but it’s also a great opportunity for Chauncey Golston to introduce himself and remind everyone was why he was a Day Two draft pick.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. Man, our defense’s line depth has already been massively challenged b tween covid protocols, injuries and suspensions. At this point it is starting to sound like: Just give us bodies to play the line, our 2nd and 3rd levels will have to step up.

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