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Neville Gallimore Has Taken “Huge Jump” Heading Into Year 2

The position is one the thought the fixed during in 2020 with the additions of veterans and . Unfortunately, both were off of the roster by October, but a young stud at the position was waiting in weeds for his shot to impress.

's rare combination of size, speed, and power coming out of Oklahoma was too much to pass up for the Cowboys in the of the . He struggled to see the field early but showed his potential as the season went on and eventually became the lead dog at the 3-technique.

With his second NFL campaign set to commence in September, Gallimore has vastly improved his conditioning according to .

“His biggest strides have been in the weight room – strength and conditioning,” McCarthy said. “He is in tremendous, tremendous shape. Like a lot of rookies, it's a threshold to get over the level of conditioning to play in the league the first year. So all the way through – his weight, his conditioning, he's had a tremendous, tremendous . He looks great. He has complete understanding whereas last year he was just learning the , how we wanted him to play, the different stances, and things like that. But Neville has taken a huge jump in the offseason.”

Stopping the run is something the Cowboys were awful at least season, finishing 31st in the NFL. However, in his second career start against the in Week 9, albeit in a loss, Gallimore showed the kind of run-stuffer he could be. He finished as one of the best interior defensive linemen for that week when it came to run defense grade, run stops, and run stop percentage according to Pro .

After back-to-back pedestrian performances against the and the Washington Football Team, Gallimore came on strong in the final five games. He registered 16 tackles and a half-sack in 187 snaps over that span.

The former Sooner will have something working in his favor this season and that's better play at the 1-technique. posted an 83.7 run defense grade which was third among all defensive tackles in 2020. Rookie is a 330-pound monster that stands 6'4 and does an excellent job taking on double teams, much like Urban has done throughout his career. This means one-on-one opportunities will be available for Gallimore, and with his relentless motor, power, and quickness coming off of the line of scrimmage, he can stuff the run as well as pressure the .

Gallimore's rookie campaign had its highs and lows. Nonetheless, he's focused on finding himself as a player and being a cornerstone piece for the Cowboy's .

“I know as I continue to grow and continue to progress, there's a different type of player that I'm working my tail off to tap into,” Gallimore said. “And understanding that as I continue to build and make progress, that I could be dominant. And that's what I'm striving to be.”

Gallimore will be the Cowboys starting 3-technique in 2021 barring anything unforeseen. He still has room for improvement, but the big man is taking the necessary steps to be a very effective force on the interior of the Cowboy's defensive line.

Matthew Lenix
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VAM

Liked the Gallimore pick and he is heading in the right direction. Add the amped up, super strong Osa O, along with the other DT additions, and our interior D-line is starting to look better. With Micah P and the just signed Malik Hooker, our whole defense is looking up.

Donald Chism

I’m a huge Gallimore fan at OU and I think he is the best lineman we have on our team.

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