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Neville Gallimore’s Breakout Provides Huge Boost to Cowboys Defense

The have had their struggles along the interior of their for several years now. Dating back to 2018, when the and exposed a flaw in the system, the Cowboys have failed to shore up the middle of their despite making investments at the position. , , and 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 , .

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

He was disruptive and was a huge part of the solution that held a Pittsburgh Steelers 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 corp to bring down the ball carrier.

It was a performance that provided a spark of optimism for the future at . 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 , 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 , 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.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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