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    Dorance Armstrong, Kerry Hyder Stand Out in Cowboys Practices

    With Left rehabbing from shoulder surgery, Defensive End rehabbing a shoulder and foot , and Right Defensive End currently suspended indefinitely, there have been plenty of snaps at defensive end for other players to make a name for themselves in the offseason training activities () and this past week's minicamp. The two players that stood out above all others on the were defensive ends and .

    You might be asking yourself, “what does it matter? DeMarcus Lawrence and are the starters. Why should we care about a couple of backups.”

    First, the backup defensive ends for the will play. After DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford, the leaders in defensive end snaps in 2018, Randy Gregory got 44% of the snaps on defense and Taco Charlton saw 39%. Dorance Armstrong, who played sparingly as a rookie, saw 26% of the snaps. The defensive ends that make the are going to get playing time.

    Secondly, there's no guarantee that DeMarcus Lawrence will be ready for week one. Tyrone Crawford, who was the starter at right defensive end in 2018, could miss week one if the NFL deems his offseason altercation is worthy of a . That leaves a whole lot of potential snaps at the left defensive end spot if either of those two guys misses week one.

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    Dorance Armstrong, the Dallas Cowboys fourth-round pick from 2018, caught the eye of several observers from the media and finished his offseason with a strong minicamp.

    “These coaches have to be happy with what they’ve seen from Dorance Armstrong during these practices. Armstrong has been mainly filling in for DeMarcus Lawrence on the left side, but on Wednesday he switched over to the right. There were several snaps where he was a handful for Cam Fleming to handle. Armstrong started off well last season before hitting the rookie wall. He physically looks bigger and is also now equipped with the knowledge of how he has to prepare to play at a high level the entire season. Keep an eye on Armstrong to make that jump from the first to second year.”

    Bryan Broaddus – DallasCowboys.com

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    Armstrong had a really nice as a rookie and as Broaddus notes, tailed off during the regular season. Reports are that he's added size this offseason — as most players do between their first and second year — and if all the reports are correct, could be a breakout player in the making.

    Kerry Hyder is another intriguing player and one of the more underrated offseason acquisitions by the Dallas Cowboys .

    Coming from the , where they used Hyder as a in Matt Patricia's 3-4 alignment, he was played severely out of position. In 2016, playing primarily as a defensive end, Hyder recorded eight for the Lions. In 2017, he suffered a torn achilles which kept him out all of that year.

    Now with the Dallas Cowboys, he gets to return to his more natural defensive end position. And he's making some noise in these offseason practices.

    Of course not playing against the starting tackles in Tyron Smith and will allow players to shine a bit more, but let's not forget that Cam Fleming started in the Super Bowl for the before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. , who has been getting snaps at as well, is no slouch as a former All-American for the .

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    Here's what Bryan Broaddus had to say about Kerry Hyder in one of the previous OTAs his “Scout's Notebook” from May 22nd.

    “I have to be careful with my love for veteran defensive linemen, but Kerry Hyder looks like a different man playing at end instead of head-up tackle. The in Detroit did him no favors last season. Having to play in a spot where he had to fight blocks all day to now working on the edge in space is a good thing for him. It appears that Hyder has his quickness back, but he also has some pass rush moves in his tool belt. I thought maybe they were going to use him as an under-tackle, but putting him back at end might be his best shot at making the roster.”

    Bryan Broaddus – Dallas Cowboys.com

    The Cowboys found a really good player in Kerry Hyder. He's capable of playing some 3-technique if needed as well as on the edge. He has a good motor and is able to make plays in the .

    With the emergence of Kerry Hyder and Dorance Armstrong this offseason, it puts Taco Charlton behind the eight ball as the team heads to . If they continue to play well, it's a real possibility that Charlton could be a gameday inactive during the regular season, especially if Randy Gregory is reinstated.

    However they end up being deployed, this group of defensive ends will cause fits for opposing offensive lines. They've been aiming for waves of pass rushers for 's defense and for the first time since becoming defensive coordinator, he looks to have just that.

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    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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