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Cowboys Need for a DE Hasn’t Been Talked About Enough

The have a lot of positions to work on going into the and we've discussed plenty of them. We know has been a team need for a long time. , defensive , and even have also been thrown around as the team's main needs. But have we mentioned enough?

was often criticized for some of the Cowboys' defensive woes, but the truth is he kept his level of play up. If you're judging by the number in the column, you might be quick to say otherwise. But when looking at more advanced pass rushing stats, it's clear he was still playing at a great level.

On the other side of the , was big for the Cowboys in 2019. He came in via a with the that cost Dallas a pick and a new contract for Quinn. He turned out to be a major bargain.

According to 's Win Rate, Quinn led all rushers with 33%. No other defender had a better percentage than 28%. When facing single blocks, only two defenders in the had a win rate of over 32.5%, one of which was Quinn. The other was some kid named .

Quinn will be 30 years old when the comes around, so trying to keep him should be the plan for the Cowboys. There's no questioning that. However, will they be able to? Quinn was seriously impressive last season and will be looking for a juicy contract. It's not like Dallas' to-do list before is short.

They'll be spending big money if they are to keep , and obviously, . If the Cowboys are not able to keep Quinn around, defensive end will make a considerable jump in the team's priorities.

could make a return at some point with the league expected to soften its stance on use, but we don't really know that. The Cowboys should prepare thinking he won't be available.

Be it through retaining Quinn, signing another or looking for one in the , the Dallas Cowboys should be concerned about who will start at defensive end opposite of Lawrence.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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