Ridgeway potentially brings much-needed size to the middle of the Cowboys' defensive line. Recently coach Mike McCarthy said he is “the anchor” and is a little more athletic than he thought. He said he plays laterally down the line of scrimmage.
#Cowboys' Mike McCarthy says DL John Ridgeway is "the anchor" and is a little bit more athletic than he thought. Says he plays laterally down the line of scrimmage.
— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) June 2, 2022
Something the Cowboys need help with is up the middle. He will have to work his way into the rotation. He is even still fighting for a roster spot. Ridgeway can lineup and do just about anything from 3-technique, a nose tackle, or a two-tech. The defensive tackles right now for the Cowboys are Osa Odighizuwa, Neville Gallimore, Quinton Bohanna, and Trysten Hill.
That is where my Knowledge of Ridgeway stops. I had to do some research on him and found some insight from a pro football network article that looks into players scouting reports before the NFL draft.
They said Ridgeway has impressing upper body strength. He does not always show good lower body power. He struggles to anchor against more powerful offensive linemen.
Despite that they said Ridgeway is not restricted to solely winning with power. The former Arkansas DT showcased some impressive technical attributes. He possesses a push-pull technique that he uses to get into the backfield.
I will focus on Ridgeway and hope he can make some more noise with the team and find himself competing for a spot in the coming months, and maybe we could see some more of him.