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Robert Quinn’s Return Important For Struggling Cowboys Pass Rush

Nation spent much of the praising the depth of their team as a whole. In particular, though, everyone felt good about what the Cowboys had across their defensive front.

By drafting well in recent years, and acquiring some lesser known players who have turned into solid contributors on the , the Cowboys have put together a really good group on paper. Despite this perceived depth, however, Dallas’ defensive line has not created the pressure through their which was expected of them through the first two weeks.

After two games the Cowboys have just two , bringing down each opposing once in each victory. Of course, each sack came at a big moment, as got to on third down early in Sunday’s win and stripped on a attempt during the season opener. Still, though, the lack of sack production is concerning. Especially considering how often the Cowboys have played with leads so far in 2019.

Star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has shouldered much of the criticism from the past two weeks, despite playing the best of any of the pass rushers on the team. Lawrence created a couple key pressures against Washington, and is also fresh off recovering from serious . He’ll be fine.

The major reason for Lawrence’s lack of eye-popping sack production, though, is the lack of help he’s received from the rest of his rush-mates. For the most part, Crawford has looked like a guy who missed an entire , and while and are promising young players, they can’t be completely counted on just yet.

Insert Robert Quinn.

The former defensive end could not be returning at a better time for the Cowboys. Not only should Quinn help to alleviate some of the pressure from Lawrence right away, but he gives the team a rusher who can beat one-on-one blocking more consistently than the rest of the ends currently on this .

Robert Quinn’s return is also perfect due to the opponent. Quinn came to Dallas via from the this offseason, and he should be motivated to get after the tanking Dolphins this Sunday.

We should be fair in our expectations of Robert Quinn this week, but don’t be surprised if this Cowboys pass rush wakes up quickly Sunday, as he provides a spark on the opposite end of DeMarcus Lawrence.

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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