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Is DE Kony Ealy At Risk Of Not Making Cowboys Final Roster?

As approaches and we draw closer to the , fans are beginning to get excited for new faces, old stars, and new beginnings for the .

One player which has been a bit forgotten about over the last few months, and even overlooked when he was first signed back in April, is . Of course, some of this overlooking is justified, as Ealy's career has been filled with more valleys than peaks thus far.

With a fresh start in Dallas, though, some expect Kony Ealy to rekindle his career, and look like the player he was during the Panthers' 50 loss just a few seasons ago. The problem is, that game looks like the outlier and not the norm over his professional career.

Originally drafted by the , Ealy has had a shaky start to his career. Now joining his third team in the same number of seasons, it's certainly fair to say he hasn't lived up to his draft selection.

At 6'4″ and 275 pounds, however, Ealy fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' scheme. While he isn't the explosive pass rusher that other players on the roster are (and can be), he could provide solid rotational depth across the .

With fellow former second round pick gaining to the NFL this week, Ealy could struggle to salvage any real playing time with the Cowboys at all. Gregory, , , and all feel like locks to make the team.

Then there is 2018 day three pick and former fourth round pick providing competition as well.

Tapper and Armstrong are unproven, but have the athletic profiles to become solid rushers at the professional level. For both, especially Tapper, health is of the upmost concern going forward. If Tapper can remain healthy, he has a real shot of making the team and having his impact felt as early as 2018.

That “if” has been a serious one thus far, however.

When the Cowboys first signed Kony Ealy back in April, I really believed he could provide solid and cheap depth along their defensive line. Now in July, I still have those beliefs, but it's become fair to question if he will even find himself on the final based on the competition around him.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Nick Russo

I agree it’s going to come down to tapper and ealy for the last DE spot. I personally have been a fan of tapper since we picked him back in the fourth round 2 years ago. I think that he showed some promise in the two games he played last year getting a sack and multiple pressures against the giants and more pressure week 2 in Denver. To me, I would rather take the chance on tapper if he can stay available.

Peter Duke

Wow! It seems like the Cowboys have a good problem this year. Hope that whoever sticks can bring some good pressure on the passer.

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