If you watched the Dallas Cowboys playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams it was easy to tell that work needed to be done to secure an even more formidable defensive front. After giving 273 rushing yards that night, the Cowboys looked to beef up the line of scrimmage on defense in the draft and free agency. They drafted Defensive Tackle Trysten Hill in the second round, traded for Robert Quinn, and acquired veteran Kerry Hyder. But there's one name that's going under the radar, and that's Christian Covington.
He's a multiple-time draftee as he was not only selected in the sixth round by the Houston Texans in 2015 NFL Draft but also the BC Lions took him 43rd in the 2015 CFL Draft. He would see action in 15 games as a rookie totaling 8 tackles and 2 sacks. In 2016, he would play in all 16 games and get the first five starts of his NFL career. He took full advantage as he racked up a career-high of 26 tackles. Unfortunately, in 2017 he tore his bicep in week 8, limiting his availability to only seven games with 2 starts. He bounced back in 2018, though, setting a career-high with 3.5 sacks and 8 quarterback hits, also tops for him since entering the league.
In his 4 years in Houston, he was mostly durable seeing action in 50 games, starting 9. Also, he showed dual-threat ability in the Texans 3-4 scheme lining up at defensive end. Position flex is always a plus and something Head Coach Jason Garrett values immensely.
In March, he signed a one-year 2.5 million dollar deal with the Cowboys that will give him a base salary of 1 million, with an additional 1.5 million in incentives. I'd expect him to be right behind 1-technique starter Antwaun Woods but don't be surprised if he sees action at the 3-technique as well.
Christian Covington has flashed a few times today https://t.co/2YhgrUI7vG
What's most impressive to me about him is his quick hands and feet displayed in the video above. He also showed an ability during his days in Houston to take on double teams while still being disruptive both against the run and pass. This signing may not have gotten the big headlines, however, it's one that has the potential to reap very good benefits. He adds depth to a unit that runs around 15 deep at the moment, of course, that's until final roster cuts are made in the coming weeks. The Cowboys now have a very stout interior defensive line with Antwaun Woods, Trysten Hill, Maliek Collins and now Covington. The trenches are where games are won and lost, and the Cowboys have dedicated themselves to this philosophy on both sides of the ball. Christian Covington is a very interesting name to keep an eye on during the preseason.
DAL 37, PHI 10: Cowboys Correct Course by Crushing Eagles
The Dallas Cowboys will need plenty more games like this one to undo some of the damage from their recent three-game losing streak. But with a 37-10 rout of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tonight, Dallas took a big step toward redemption and restoring order in their season.
The game got ugly in a hurry for the Eagles, who fumbled on their first two possessions and set the Cowboys up for touchdowns on each. Philadelphia would answer with a score on their next drive to make it 14-7, but it was all Dallas from there.
It was a joint effort from all parts of the Cowboys roster tonight. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards rushing and another 36 receiving, plus one touchdown on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 239 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown.
Dallas' defense limited Philadelphia to just 283 total yards. DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Jourdan Lewis each recorded sacks while Xavier Woods had a rare interception for the Cowboys secondary.
Even special teams contributed; Brett Maher nailed a 63-yard field goal to end the first half and made his two other FG attempts as well.
The Eagles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, giving them a bit of an excuse for how lopsided this game got. But with Dallas now getting bye week rest while Philadelphia has to stay on the road in Buffalo, is this the beginning of the end for the Eagles' season?
- Amari Cooper led the receivers tonight with 106 yards on five catches. He did not appear to be hampered by any injury despite our worries earlier in the week.
- Maher's 63-yard field goal put him in the NFL record books as the only kicker to ever hit three career FGs from 60 or more.
- Prescott's 21st career rushing touchdown broke Roger Staubach's record for most all-time rushing TDs by a Cowboys quarterback.
- Some negative injury news coming out of the game; Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Robert Quinn (ribs) both had to leave and didn't return. No word yet on severity for either, but hopefully the bye week is all they need to recover.
- Jeff Heath was also shaken up toward the end of the game but appeared to be okay on the sideline.
- No injury setbacks for any of the Cowboys' previously concerning players. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins all made it through without incident.
- Dallas now gets a long rest with the bye week and their next game not coming until Monday, Nov. 4th, against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys are healing up, the Giants will be traveling to Detroit next Sunday.
DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead
The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.
Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.
Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.
Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.
Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.
Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.
Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.
Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.
Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!
Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams
Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.
After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.
Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.
Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.
As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names
Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.
You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.
Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?
We're about to find out!
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