The Dallas Cowboys dipped their toes into the defensive line pool heavily back in March. They acquired Robert Quinn via trade from the Miami Dolphins. Christian Covington was signed to a one-year 2.5 million dollar deal after spending four years with the Houston Texans as a very underrated rotational player. Lastly, the organization brought in Kerry Hyder, who spent a year on the New York Jets practice squad and four years with the Detroit Lions. Setting up a very formidable defensive line rotation in 2019.
Hyder was an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2014 before being signed by the Jets. He wouldn't survive the final 53-man roster cuts but was brought back as a practice squad body. Eventually, he was signed off the practice squad on January 2nd, 2016 by the Lions. After 3 sacks in the final preseason game of that year, he made the 53-man roster and hit the ground running. He would play in all 16 games with 2 starts, but more importantly, he racked up 8 sacks, proving that he was much more than just a practice squad-level player.
Unfortunately, in the first preseason game in 2017 Hyder tore his achilles and was placed on the injured reserved list which ended his season before it ever took off. He would sign a one-year extension in 2018 but was dealt another blow when the Lions defensive scheme shifted from a traditional 4-3 to a 3-4. Only seeing action in 7 games due to poor mismanagement of his skill set, he only totaled 1 sack and 6 tackles.
There's always light at the end of the tunnel, though, as now he's back in a 4-3 scheme under the guidance of Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and Assistant Defensive Line Coach Leon Lett. He didn't waste time getting to work in OTAs as he dominated the majority of his reps, showing flashes of his 2016 form.
Now that training camp has started Hyder continues to show his a very interesting piece to the Cowboys pass rush for the upcoming season.
Kerry Hyder vs. Tyron Smith https://t.co/twdWXeEg1m
Kerry Hyder beats La'el Collins for a pressure. https://t.co/CnwSV3Lq7f
What's very encouraging about Hyder is that yes he's been in the NFL for five years, but he's only played in 24 games, less than two seasons worth. Meaning, there's still plenty of tread left on these tires. At 28 years old, and limited NFL game experience, his ceiling is still rather high. When healthy, he's proven he can be a very disruptive force rushing the passer from the perimeter. Now with Quinn sidelined for the next month, Kerry Hyder is a name to keep an eye on once preseason games for the Cowboys kickoff on Saturday against the 49ers.
Report: Cowboys’ WR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week
The Dallas Cowboys picked up a big division win Monday night vs the New York Giants and today one of their most important defensive players was recognized for his performance.
According to Patrik Walker of CBS Sports, Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Xavier Woods is the Week 9 #NFL Defensive Player of the Week. #Cowboys #ThroughTheWoods Hive.
Woods had four tackles, a pass defended, a forced fumble, and an interception. With the Cowboys down 12-10 just before halftime, Woods intercepted Daniel Jones returning it 29 yards to set up a Brett Maher field goal making it 13-12 heading into the third quarter.
Halfway through the third quarter, the Giants were driving to take the lead when Woods struck again and forced a fumble that was recovered at midfield which set up another Maher field goal. He was responsible for two turnovers that lead to points for the offense, which is exactly what you want to see.
The Cowboys will need Woods to play big again this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings who have the NFL's eighth-ranked offense.
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