Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith hasn't played football in nearly five years, but if you were just going off training camp talk, you'd have no idea.
Smith has received rave reviews throughout the early part of Cowboys camp from some of the most important members of the franchise: from head coach Mike McCarthy saying he jumps out as soon as he walks on the field to quarterback Dak Prescott calling him a “monster.”
In a perfect world Smith would be able to rush opposite Cowboys stud defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, providing him with assistance by taking away some of the responsibility to create pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Lawrence seems to be just as excited by this idea as McCarthy and Prescott, posting a picture of himself and Aldon Smith at practice on Friday with the caption “PROBLEMS.”
A healthy, locked-in Aldon Smith will be a problem for any offense in 2020. And when you combine Smith with Lawrence and newly added defensive end Everson Griffen, this defensive line is looking like one of the best the Cowboys have put together in recent years.
Of course you have to take all training camp hype with a grain of salt, but the Cowboys are head over heels for Aldon Smith so far.