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Is it Too Little, Too Late for DE Dorance Armstrong in 2021?

We're still months away from the forming their and beginning the . But as the team acquires new talent in and the upcoming draft, they're also evaluating how existing players fit into their plans. After three years as a developmental prospect at , how does factor in?

Armstrong was one of two 4th-round selections for the Cowboys in 2018, taken 21 slots before . But while Schultz and even WR (6th Round) have made names for themselves on , Armstrong has yet to put together much of a resume since joining the team.

Much of that is due to opportunities. Thought he's been active for all but two games over the last three seasons, Dorance has only appeared on 24-33% of the defensive snaps in his backup role. This has partially led to his having just 2.5 career .

It's not all about playing time, though. Armstrong has mostly appeared on passing downs so could have reasonably done more as a pass rusher. has 10.5 sacks with only about a hundred more snaps in his career.

That begs the question of Dorance Armstrong's true value to the club going forward. Should the team invest more playing time in him in 2021 or is it time to let , , and fresher prospects have their day?

We mentioned Schultz and Wilson earlier; fellow players from the 2018 draft class who've already established themselves. 's already a star at his position and, though they have some question marks on them, and are both clear starters heading into next season.

Of the players still on the team from the 2018 Draft, Dorance is the farthest behind in building an NFL career. He's entering the final the year of his rookie with no real case to be made for getting a second contract.

It's even possible that Armstrong might not get to finish out that rookie deal. Dallas could save $920k in space by releasing Dorance, which starts to sound enticing if they feel good about Anae, Carter, and other depth options.

Having already added in free agency to and Randy Gregory, it could be tough for Armstrong to make the 2021 roster as it is. And if the Cowboys add another pass rusher in the upcoming draft, that goal will become much harder to reach.

Dorance Armstrong should be back to at least compete in and the . But if everyone stays healthy, and especially if anyone new joins the DE position this , Armstrong will probably need a tremendous July and August to remain with the Cowboys this season.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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