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

Rookie has only been practicing for a few weeks and yet to be active for his first NFL game. But the just might debut for the on , and other could put him in a position to make an impact against the .

Golston was one of three 3rd-Round picks for Dallas in the 2021 . He was taken nine spots after Defensive and 15 spots before .

A hamstring put Chauncey on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of . He remained there throughout August, missing all four 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 . And that's good, because some other important defensive linemen are.

These issues are on top of the absence of , who broke his foot last week in practice and will likely be out until midseason. Though 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 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 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.

Jess Haynie
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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