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David Irving, #95

#95 David Irving

Height: 6-7 Weight: 273 Age: 22
Position: Defensive Tackle College: Iowa State
Exp: 2 Years

David Irving was born in Compton, California on August 18, 1993. He played his collegiate football at Iowa State University. He is a defensive lineman in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys Player Profile: DL #95 David Irving 1

High School

Dallas Cowboys Player Profile: DL #95 David Irving 3David Irving attended San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto, California. He excelled on both the football field and in the classroom, but you may not have known that he also became an ordained youth minister at the age of 17.

He had good role models in the L.A. church he attended growing up, and that led him to the decision to become an ordained youth minister.

“We were doing plays and dances, and after a while I had the urge to put together some sermons,” said David, 17. “Every youth Sunday I was preaching. I was moved by the spirit and reaching out.”

David Irving probably wasn’t well known as being an ordained youth minister growing up, but he was known for the impact he made on the football field.
As a junior for the San Jacinto Tigers, Irving blocked four kicks and had six quarterback sacks.

David Irving’s senior year, he recorded 76 tackles, one interception he returned 73 yards for a touchdown, 15 tackles for a loss, seven quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries (1 he returned for a TD) as a defensive tackle for the Tigers. He also played tight end his senior year and caught 19 passes for 298 yards and scored four touchdowns.

David Irving accepted a football scholarship to Iowa State University upon the completion of his high school career.

College/NCAA

Dallas Cowboys Player Profile: DL #95 David IrvingDavid Irving played in nine games as a defensive end in 2011 for the Iowa State Cyclones. He recorded five tackles and two pass breakups his freshman year.

In 2012, David Irving played in all 13 games and ended the year with 20 tackles, three for a loss, and one quarterback sack. He made one the biggest plays of the season against TCU when he blocked and then caught a pass attempt. He ended up returning the interception 20 yards for a touchdown to clinch the victory.

In 2013, David Irving moved to defensive tackle and played in 10 games, starting eight of those contests. He tallied 19 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, two QB sacks, four pass breakups, and two blocked kicks. He blocked two consecutive PAT attempts, versus Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Irving missed his entire senior season in 2014 after being dismissed from the team following an incident at the VEISHEA Festival.

David Irving finished with 44 tackles, three QB sacks, eight pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and 7.5 tackles for a loss in his career at Iowa State University.

2015 NFL Draft

David Irving went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Career

Dallas Cowboys Player Profile: DL #95 David Irving 4David Irving started his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Chiefs waived Irving on September 5 and signed him to their practice squad.

On September 29, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Irving off of the Chiefs practice squad to replace the recently released Davon Coleman.

In his first season with the Cowboys, David Irving was used as a backup defensive tackle and finished the year with 14 quarterback pressures, good enough for sixth on the team. He also blocked a field goal in the seventh game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately, he ended the year on injured reserve after he suffered a fractured left wrist against the Buffalo Bills in week 15.

There are big expectations for David Irving entering his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.

Contract Status

David Irving signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015 worth $1,585,000. He also received a $10,000 signing bonus.

He will have a base salary of $525,000 for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016 and his cap hit will be $525,000 as well.

If David Irving continues to progress, I’m sure the Dallas Cowboys would like to extend his contract after the 2016 season.

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LB Justin Phillips Making a Case to Become a Roster Lock With Cowboys

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LB Justin Phillips Making a Case to Become a Roster Lock With Cowboys

In Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys arguably have the best linebacker duo in the entire NFL. They also have some pretty solid backups in Sean Lee and Joe Thomas, but the depth behind those four is completely up in the air. That is excellent news for an undrafted LB like Justin Phillips.

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy LB signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the completion of the 2019 NFL Draft. To go from being an Oklahoma State Cowboy to a Dallas Cowboy must've been a dream come true, especially for a kid from Pearland, Texas who rooted for America's Team growing up. The dream probably won't be complete though unless a roster spot comes with it.

Surprisingly, Justin Phillips has put himself into contention to earn one of those coveted roster spots. The way he has played in the first two preseason games has caught the attention of quite a few people, which should make it extremely difficult for the Cowboys coaching staff when it comes to making roster cut decisions. Dallas Cowboys Staff Writer and former Scout Bryan Broaddus agrees…

"Justin Phillips is going to make it hard on this staff to put him on the street. Not only is his finish impressive, but the awareness he plays with in pass coverage is impressive. There is no way I thought he had a chance for that interception, especially with this initial step into the line, but his ability to turn and run to a spot saved him."

Here is the play/interception Broaddus is referring to:

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The Dallas Cowboys have typically only carried six linebackers on their 53-man roster these past few years. With four spots already spoken for, Justin Phillips is doing his damnedest to lock down one of those final two up for grabs. That, of course, is easier said than done.

Phillips is likely competing with Justin March-Lillard, who led the team in tackles against the Los Angeles Rams last week and fellow undrafted rookie LB Luke Gifford. Gifford, of course, missed the game against the Rams with an ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 of the preseason against the 49ers. It was actually that injury that resulted in more playing time for Justin Phillips.

If you're doing the math here, that's three linebackers competing for two roster spots. March-Lillard probably has the upper hand right now over the two rookies, but I wouldn't say he's secured a job just yet. That leaves the door open for No. 44 (Phillips) and No. 57 (Gifford).

As much as I like Luke Gifford, and I do, I think the stars could be aligning for Justin Phillips to make it through roster cuts. He's playing really well right now, while all Gifford can do is watch from the sideline until he can get back on the field. Regardless though, it's a position battle worth keeping an eye on.

Do you think LB Justin Phillips has done enough to secure a roster spot?


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How Kris Richard May Help CB Michael Jackson Make Cowboys Roster

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Cornerback Michael Jackson, one of the Dallas Cowboys' 5th-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, has not been standing out so far in training camp or preseason. But despite the slow start, the influence of Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard could help keep Jackson on the 53-man roster this year.

While no team likes parting with their drafted rookies, it certainly happens. That's especially true for Day 3 players, even 5th rounders, and particularly when a team is as deep with talent right now as the 2019 Cowboys.

The cornerback position is one of Dallas' most loaded. They go four-deep with starting talent in Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis, which leaves just one or two roster spots for the remaining prospects.

Michael Jackson is in competition with veteran C.J. Goodwin and the intriguing Donovan Olumba. Both were with the team last year; Goodwin was a special teams contributor and Olumba was a valuable developmental asset on the practice squad.

So far this preseason, we've seen Goodwin shining on special teams and Olumba making plays at cornerback. Jackson hasn't stood out, unless you count jokes about thin he looks on the field.

In contrast, fellow 5th-round rookie Joe Jackson has been showing up at defensive end. Even if there were no suspension concerns with Robert Quinn and Randy Gregory, Joe Jackson has made himself very difficult to cut.

But despite not having that same momentum or energy around him yet, Michael Jackson may still find his way onto the 53-man roster. And that may have something to do with his position coach.

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach Kris Richard

Since arriving in Dallas during the 2018 offseason, Kris Richard has quickly gained prominence beyond just his official role as the Defensive Backs Coach. He was working as the defensive play-caller last year and is expected to take over fully in 2020, assuming Rod Marinelli retires and Richard doesn't leave for a head coaching opportunity.

When Dallas selected Michael Jackson in the last draft, Jackson became the first cornerback or safety drafted by the Cowboys since Richard arrived. Given that it happened this year, with Richard's influence clearly high on the defense, one would assume that Kris had a big say in the decision to draft Jackson.

No, Richard certainly can't veto any decision made by the Joneses, Will McClay, Jason Garrett, or even Marinelli when it comes to roster management. But if he has any bias towards Jackson as his first draft pick in Dallas, Kris may fight for the rookie more than someone else.

We're all human; agendas come into play. Kris Richard may be more passionate about seeing Michael Jackson succeeding for a variety of reasons. He may pound the table for the team to keep Jackson louder than anyone else in the room.

That doesn't necessarily mean keeping Jackson over some other cornerback, either. The argument could be to go long at CB at the expense of another position; maybe only keeing two quarterbacks or eight offensive linemen to free up a roster spot.

This is purely speculative, of course. For all we know, Richard could be the first one who loses faith and votes to let Jackson go.

But given the situation and all factors involved, it's more likely that Kris Richard will be invested in seeing Michael Jackson succeed and sticking with the Cowboys in 2019. Hopefully, it's in the best interest of the team overall.


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DL Kerry Hyder Impressive In Cowboys Week 2 Preseason Win

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Kerry Hyder joined the Cowboys this offseason on a one year deal, and while the four-year NFL veteran has put up some solid tape in his time around the league, it was hard to project just what he could bring to the Cowboys defense.

Listed at 6'2" 270 pounds, Hyder is a bit of a tweener on the defensive line. Though the answer to "will he play tackle or end" seems to be "both" to this point in the preseason.

As he fights for his life on this deep defensive line, Kerry Hyder had himself a day in the Cowboys 14-10 victory over the Rams last weekend.

Hyder made an excellent play defending a screen pass in the first quarter, reading the play perfectly and reacting quickly to running back Darrell Henderson coming out of the backfield. Hyder also created some pressure on the quarterback, and finished with 3 combined tackles in very limited playing time.

Hyder's versatility is working well for him as he looks to make the final roster. Like a Tyrone Crawford type player, Hyder will be able to move inside and out depending on the situation. This allows the Cowboys to be flexible in how they structure their depth chart on defense, and in how they decide to rush the passer on third down.

A pass rushing package involving Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence on the edge with the combination of Hyder and Maliek Collins on the inside could turn out to be a very dangerous one for opposing offenses to deal with.

Rod Marinelli spoke to this versatility a couple of months ago, showing just how much he values what Kerry Hyder can bring to this team.

"Maybe you adjust him sometime, once in a while – in a one-on-one pass rush situation, stick him over a guard and start to get a feel for it.” - Rod Marinelli

Earlier this offseason, I wrote that Kerry Hyder could end up being Rod Marinelli's next great under-the-radar find on the defensive line. And if he continues to play with the hustle and awareness that he had on Saturday, he's going to make Rod look very smart in his evaluation.

Kerry Hyder is making it very difficult for the front office to let him go. And, at the end of the preseason, I do expect Kerry Hyder to find himself on the Cowboys' active roster. Especially considering how Mike White is playing at quarterback, and how his release could open up an extra spot at a different position group.


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