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Neville Gallimore’s Breakout Provides Huge Boost to Cowboys Defense

The Dallas Cowboys have had their struggles along the interior of their defensive line for several years now. Dating back to 2018, when the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams exposed a flaw in the system, the Cowboys have failed to shore up the middle of their defense despite making investments at the position. Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, and Trysten Hill were each brought in over the last year and a half to provide a solution to the problem that plagued the Cowboys defense. However, each of them left more questions in their wake.

It seems they may have found an answer in rookie third-round pick from the 2020 NFL Draft, Neville Gallimore.

Gallimore had a breakout day in the Dallas Cowboys loss to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. There were snaps when he was downright dominant facing a Steelers interior offensive line that featured All-Pro Center Maukice Pouncey. The rookie defensive tackle finished with three tackles, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit.

He was disruptive and was a huge part of the solution that held a Pittsburgh Steelers running game that had been averaging 118 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry to just 46 yards and 2.6 yards per attempt on Sunday. Even when he wasn’t making the tackle, he was providing the interior push to allow others along the defensive line or in the linebacker corp to bring down the ball carrier.

It was a performance that provided a spark of optimism for the future at defensive tackle. Gallimore, who the Cowboys will pair with second-year defensive tackle Trysten Hill next year to provide a pretty nice tandem on the interior. Prior to his injury, Hill was arguably the team’s best interior defensive player.

Now with an extended look, Gallimore, who was considered a project player when taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, is proving that he can be a fixture in the Dallas Cowboys defensive front. His play on Sunday against a pretty good offensive line for the Steelers should serve as a springboard for his future in the NFL.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

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  1. Incredible that Gallimore got his chance only because players as McCoy and Hill got injured, or Poe was released, not Even Tyrone Crawford deserves, an overpayed players. I hope Gallimore keep improving and stay as a starter

  2. No way A Woods or Jerry’s pet T Crawford should be getting playing time over Gallimore. This team needs to phase out the underperforming overpaid dead weight and give the young guys reps…so we can continue moving forward.

    Let’s see what Anae and Robinson can do. More than likely they are two guys we will be dependent on next yr why not at least play them on a rotational basis so we can see what they got.

    Every decision with an eye to the future from here on out!

    • Absolutely. I’ve been ready to see more Reggie Robinson. I’m having a hard time finding snaps for Anae though with Tank, Aldon, and Gregory. He should probably split snaps with Armstrong for sure and get some pass rush looks.

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