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Dorance Armstrong Turning Heads at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys defensive line depth is being tested this training camp with notable players missing. DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Randy Gregory have been out for the entirety of training camp and it remains to be seen when they'll return. Robert Quinn will be out for some time after suffering a fractured right hand in Tuesday's practice. All of those absences at the defensive end position have created opportunities for others.

One player who has been showing out quite regularly in training camp is Defensive End Dorance Armstrong. Last week during the team's individual pass-rush drills, Armstrong beat All-Pro Left Tackle Tyron Smith with a nasty counter spin move.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

From earlier in the day Dorance Armstrong beats Tyron Smith. https://t.co/N2MrKUIW8T

Then Tuesday, the second-year player added another starting tackle to his ledger in La'el Collins with this outstanding rush in the compete period.

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Dorance Armstrong vs. La'el Collins https://t.co/Wf6I7JGL3J

If you haven't noticed a theme yet, Dorance Armstrong is good. Here, he gets La'el Collins with a fake spin move.

https://twitter.com/JohnOwning/status/1159253299071049728


Armstrong's efforts have vaulted him ahead of former first-round pick Taco Charlton. In the last couple days of practice, Dorance Armstrong has received the first-team reps at left defensive end, where Charlton had been filling in for DeMarcus Lawrence. Now with Quinn out, Armstrong may see reps at both defensive end spots with the first-team defense.

Though a lot of players are missing that might otherwise be ahead of Armstrong on the depth chart, he's been excellent all offseason. Even if Lawrence, Gregory, Crawford, and Quinn were available, Armstrong's offseason performance has earned him snaps against the first team. However they've come, he's making them count. Aside from Maliek Collins, there isn't a player on the defensive line that has been as good as Armstrong has through the first couple weeks of training camp.

In his rookie year, Armstrong had a really nice camp and even played well at the start of the 2018 season, but wasn't able to maintain that level of play. Heading into his second season, he's been one of the best players throughout the OTAs, minicamp, and now training camp and his stock continues to rise.

DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn are still your starting defensive ends once they're available. However, Dorance Armstrong is going to force the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to find him a substantial role in 2019. With Quinn only signed through the 2019 season and Gregory still under an indefinite suspension from the NFL, it's very likely that Armstrong is your starting right defensive end in 2020.

The Dallas Cowboys scouts and front office decision-makers continue to hit home runs in the draft and Dorance Armstrong is just another in a long line of mid to late-round selections that have blossomed for the Cowboys. Armstrong is trending in the right direction and if he can continue this trajectory will be a tremendous asset for the Dallas Cowboys in 2019 and beyond.


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Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks

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Report: Cowboys G Connor Williams to Undergo Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Expected to Miss a Few Weeks

The Dallas Cowboys received a bit of bad news today. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Guard Connor Williams will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.


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Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee... https://t.co/M55eVtYCIJ

Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This is a minor procedure but will keep Williams sidelined for a few weeks. Backup Guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is expected to fill in during his absence, just like he did in 2018 when Williams missed time with a knee issue. More to come.


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Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

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Good News: Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

 

Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL

This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.

Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.

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Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.


The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.

Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.

Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.


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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.

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Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.


This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.

You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.


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