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Cowboys’ Lawrence Recruits JJ Watt, Patrick Peterson to Dallas

The were a nightmare on the defensive side of the ball in 2020. They finished 31st against the run and 28th in points allowed. played a role in their putrid performance, as well as former 's hybrid scheme that became a struggle to implement.

With set to start in March, plenty of players will be looking for new homes, and other players begin trying to influence them to join their particular franchises. The Cowboy's top pass rusher, , has already started recruiting defensive help to Dallas. On Friday, he set his sights on two proven veterans, and Patrick Peterson.

Watt was given his on Friday morning. Shortly after he thanked the and its fans for a decade of support via his Twitter account, Lawrence didn't waste any time trying to get the two-time NFL sack champion to stay within the state of Texas.

It's no secret why Lawrence would want a player like Watt to line up beside him in the trenches. During his 10-year career in Houston, the argument can be made that Watt was as dominant as any defensive player in the NFL. His 101 rank second to (106) since entering the league in 2011. He made five Pro Bowls and was a five-time First-Team All-Pro. He's a three-time , a unanimous selection to the 2010s All-Decade Team, and a recipient (2017).

Watt has been a regular, unfortunately, on the since 2016. Back, hand, knee, and chest injuries have forced him to miss 32 games over that span after not missing a game in his first five seasons. That's a cause for concern, especially considering he's on the backside of his prime. However, he wouldn't be asked to be the dominant force he was earlier in his career, only a situational pass rusher.

Lawrence only waited minutes later to put a bug in Peterson's ear as well. The Cowboys have two of their top cornerbacks, and , set to be unrestricted , making Peterson a prime candidate to fill one of the holes if one or both should find employment elsewhere.

Peterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 , just six spots ahead of Watt. He's made eight Pro Bowls and been selected a First-Team All-Pro three times. Like Watt, he's a member of the 2010s All-Decade Team. Peterson's only time on the sidelines during his 10-year career came in 2019 when he was suspended for the first six games for violating the league's old performance-enhancing drug policy.

It was reported recently that Peterson and the were parting ways, however, Peterson called it a “dirty ”. Barring a or extension, Peterson will be looking for a new home, and Dallas could be a good fit.

The Cowboy's new defensive coordinator 's scheme will run a lot of Cover 1 and Cover 3 looks, ideal for long and physical corners like Peterson. He may not be playing at an elite level like years past, and this season was a struggle for him, but he's still better than most corners you'll find and could be a great mentor for who showed tremendous promise as a rookie.

Watt and Peterson will have plenty of suitors for their services in 2021. Nonetheless, Lawrence has done his due diligence to get them to and help turn around a Cowboys that was historically bad in 2020.


Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
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Dave Corvino

After last year’s experiment with Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Everson Griffen, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, I am very leery about signing players obviously past their prime. Forget about trying to turn the team around in one year. Use the players you have now to trade for draft picks. Load up on young players. Make it a 3-year plan to contend for a Super Bowl.

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