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Film Review: Getting to Know Cowboys Practice Squad DE Zach Moore

The Dallas Cowboys added some interesting names to their practice squad yesterday, which now consists mostly of players who showed some flashes in training camp and the preseason, but got lost in the numbers game that these coaches must play when deciding to carry established depth over potential.

One player new to the Dallas Cowboys is defensive end Zach Moore, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Moore, a raw prospect out of Division II Concordia College of Minnesota, appeared in just one game for the hometown Vikings.

Prior to that, Zach Moore got his start in the NFL with the New England Patriots – who drafted him with the 198th overall pick in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Active for eight games, Moore did not see any playing time in the postseason that saw the Patriots beat out the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Still, the 26-year-old edge rusher brings a Super Bowl ring to The Star and the Dallas Cowboys.

With the releases of both Ryan Russell and Mike McAdoo, Moore could quickly bring Moore more than that to Dallas’ less than stellar defensive line, but he will have to earn a roster spot on a team that is currently settled on the majority of its 53 spots.

Let’s dive into some tape to find out more on what Moore can bring to the Cowboys.

 

 

You have to go back to 2014 to find the last time Moore played significant snaps in the NFL, and because of that his rookie tape left a lot to be desired. However, there were plenty of positives to take away on the film, such as the ones you see above.

Rushing from the left end, Moore is able to use his hands to fight off the right tackle and capture the edge. Off the snap, the RT was able to do a decent job of sitting down on Moore, which linemen were able to do to him pretty consistently.

While it certainly wasn’t the standard for Moore to be able to get back into these plays, the potential you see here has gone untapped for a while, and could be the beginning of a career under Rod Marinelli for Zach Moore.

 

 

 

As mentioned, Moore gets sat on easily by blockers, and lacks the consistent bend to counter their power moves. When he is able to bend, Moore showed the potential to be a violent player that will rally to the football and break down in tight spaces to tackle.

Should he get practice snaps against the likes of Tyron Smith and Doug Free, the Cowboys will need to see Moore become a lot less predictable with his moves and consistent with his leverage, in order to make any impact at all and earn playing time.

 

 

While it may sound too simple to be noteworthy, a good starting point for Zach Moore is that he consistently knocks his man backwards on first contact. An NFL Combine leader in the broad jump, Moore displays an impressive combination of arm length and lower body strength.

With work in all of the negative areas discussed above, Moore could become an incredibly valuable rotational DE in Dallas, with the ability to take offensive linemen by surprise and capture the edge in the passing game while being physical at the point of attack against the run.

 

 

The Cowboys know that they need help at defensive end to contend in 2016, and are beginning their search for bargain players with upside to develop under Rod Marinelli. Whether a big move is on the way to accompany this is yet to be determined. Or will the Cowboys’ reluctance to address a need that has existed for some time now hold them back once again when the season begins on September 11th against the Giants?

Hopefully Moore has something to say about all of this, as he celebrates his birthday today! Inside The Star wishes him a happy birthday as Zach attempts to earn his star in the coming weeks.

Give Moore a happy birthday wish yourself on Twitter by following him @zachmoore_90!

For now, let me know what you think of the newly added Zach Moore by commenting below this article! You can also take the discussion to Twitter, and follow me @ShoreSportsNJ for plenty of analysis and commentary throughout the Dallas Cowboys season!

Tell us what you think about “Film Review: Getting to Know Cowboys Practice Squad DE Zach Moore” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Sean Martin

Written by Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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