Cowboys Defense: 4 NFL Practice Squad Players with Potential

    The head into week seven of the NFL season with a 2-3 record and third place in the . Disappointing would be an understatement. Many of the team's struggles have come from the defensive side of the ball. Stopping the run, especially, has been a difficult task for 's .

    Over the past few days I've been some other team's practice squads. While a lot of people will roll their eyes at the thought of a player off another team's , don't forget that –maybe the Cowboys' most disruptive –was signed off of Kansas City's practice squad just a few years ago.

    There were a few players who caught my eye in this process that I was a big fan of pre-draft. They could help this team at a few different positions on defense.

    DT Antwaun Woods, Tennessee Titans

    Antwaun Woods - DT

    was a draft crush of mine in the . After going undrafted in the '16 Draft, the signed him as an . He plays in the Titans' , which I think is limiting his potential.

    Woods is a shorter at only 6-foot-0, 320lbs. but he plays with good leverage and power in his lower half. He would fit in great as a one-technique in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme.

    The Cowboys currently have as the only true one-technique, but Woods is a much better option if you ask me. His power, explosiveness off the ball, and ability to hold up his man at the point of attack would help the Cowboys immediately.

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    OLB Joshua Perry, Indianapolis Colts

    When I found Joshua Perry on the Colts' practice squad, it was a bit shocking to learn he wasn't already on an active roster. So I decided to go back and watch some film.

    If you're looking for a to help stop the run, Perry is your guy.

    At 6-foot-4, 254 lbs, Joshua Perry is a big bodied thumper in the middle of the field. Likely fitting in as a MIKE in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme, he would be a good rotational linebacker who is probably a two-down player for now.

    Perry has good vision, range, and instincts that allow him to make plays at the line of scrimmage and sideline to sideline.

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    LB Connor Harris, Arizona Cardinals

    COnnor Harris - LB

    One thing this Cowboys defense lacks is consistent tackling. Connor Harris was one of the NCAA's best tacklers at the linebacker position.

    Harris isn't overly athletic, but he has a motor that doesn't stop running and a tremendous nose for the football.

    Harris isn't a guy who will help much in coverage, but when it comes to stopping the run, he can help this football team as a two-down rotational player at all three linebacker spots.

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    EDGE Tyrone Holmes, Cleveland Browns

    Tyrone Holmes - DE
    DE Tyrone Holmes (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

    Tyrone Holmes is a guy who had tons of success in college, but has also had some success in the NFL. After being drafted and released by the in 2016, he ended up with the Browns and was on the 53 man roster for 11 games.

    In a limited role during his rookie season, Holmes registered a sack and six tackles. The one knock on Holmes coming out of Montana was if he'd be able to hold up setting the and playing the run. Admittedly, that's not his strength, but rushing the passer is.

    Tyrone Holmes is a weak side and the Cowboys are currently playing –a defensive –at WDE. Holmes is a quick twitch-style rusher with great explosion off the ball and the ability to bend the edge to get to the .

    Currently, the Cowboys only have , , , , and Tyrone Crawford as defensive ends, and Crawford may be making a move back to defensive tackle to help that position out. Holmes would be a good depth player and offer some juice of the edge.

    Connor Livesay
    Connor Livesay
    Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for and Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!


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    Travis Diggs

    This is why this defense is the way it is. Practice squad, one year deal players, etc. When will they learn that this route wont build a legit defense