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Why Cowboys’ Defensive Ends Ryan Davis, David Irving Need Bigger Roles

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Just as "the Cowboys have the best offense line in football" has become common knowledge, so has the fact that "the Cowboys have absolutely no notable pass rush."

At times it can be brutal to watch, as the opposing quarterbacks are allowed to stand in the pocket well past the usual time and pick apart a secondary which is being asked to do too much.

As the Cowboys await the return of last season's sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence, just about any and everybody the Cowboys could give a chance to on the roster has gotten one. Well, I believe that two defensive ends in particular have proven their worth as pass rushers, and must be given a greater role in Rod Marinelli's defense.

Those rushmen (and they are on their way to earning this nickname) are David Irving and Ryan Davis.

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On this play we see Ryan Davis embarrass the Bears' offensive tackle. He slaps hands off of him, and then shows a nice bend around the edge. If it weren't for a blatant hold, Davis would have had his first sack as a Cowboy in his very first game.

Neither Davis nor Irving played too many snaps last Sunday night against the Bears, as Jack Crawford and Tyrone Crawford took the majority of the snaps at defensive end. In their limited playing time, however, both players made their impact felt.

If given expanded roles, I see no reason why Davis and Irving couldn't come through with some big sacks, hits, or hurries when called upon to rush the passer. Playing Davis/Irving at defensive end also gives the Cowboys a chance to rotate out both Crawfords, who have been asked to play a ton of snaps so far this season.

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Irving (#95) and Davis (#75) both did an excellent job at collapsing the pocket during the Bears final couple of drives. When given the opportunity to pin their ears back and go, they forced Brian Hoyer to move his feet and make some errand throws.

Here we see Both Irving and Davis bull rush the offensive tackles off the ball, forcing Hoyer to throw the ball away.

Irving was close to the sack, but he does need to finish on more of these rushes. I noticed that multiple times this season he has gotten close to sacking the quarterback, but could not seal the deal. This will need to change, especially if he is granted the expanded role I am lobbying for.

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Once again, David Irving does a fantastic job of collapsing the pocket, beating the offensive tackle around the edge and getting some pressure on Hoyer. He comes closer to sealing the deal here, but cannot bring down Hoyer on his own.

In the end, a fumble is forced, and Irving had a great impact on the outcome of the play.

Obviously, the Cowboys will have a difficult time taking Tyrone Crawford off the field even if it is favor of David Irving or Ryan Davis. Jack Crawford, however, has not been producing the way that we would expect a starting defensive end to do. I like Crawford as a player, but I don't think it is unfair to suggest Irving seeing some more snaps instead of Crawford this week.

On the other side, Ryan Davis looks to be a true pass rusher, something Dallas has seemed to lack through three games. Any way that the Cowboys can find to get him on the field on passing downs needs to be utilized, that much is obvious.

Overall, the Cowboys defensive end situation is shaping up to be better than we had originally thought. With Tyrone Crawford playing end and DeMarcus Lawrence ready to return, there is a chance for the Cowboys to create some serious pass rush in the coming weeks.



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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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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