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With DT David Irving Getting “Into Shape,” Do Cowboys Have Better Options?

Early practices in the NFL are about preparing a 90-man roster for the rigor of padded training camps and a that depletes each roster to just 53 men. Understanding where a team's strengths and weaknesses are with underway is vital to completing the roster. For the , their projects to be one of 's deepest and most talented groups yet, but even the Cowboys is realizing this without starting DT right now.

David Irving's flashes of raw talent with the Cowboys have been more than enough to convince some fans that it's actually the team's fault for seemingly holding Irving back. With this latest development, it appears that the Cowboys have done everything they could to protect Irving – who's rewarded them with 11.5 in 35 games.

Absent from the Cowboys workouts so far, Irving is reportedly out of football shape. According to , Irving is “getting into shape”. Whatever that means. Something about accountability goes here.

David Irving
Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving

Making a name for himself in Dallas ever since being picked up by the Cowboys off the , Irving has been in the news for plenty of wrong reasons before too. Remaining with the Cowboys after a second-round tender for 2018, the Cowboys have leverage against a projected starter at DT.

Any other team could have picked up Irving at the price of their pick, choosing instead to see this offseason's charges and now a lack of practice participation reflect directly back on the Dallas Cowboys.

A Cowboys team that has even more questions to answer on the at defensive tackle. As it stands now, will come off of a second broken foot in three seasons to start at one of the two DT spots for Dallas. The talented but perhaps misused interior rusher will be joined by the likes of , (who was preparing to spend the offseason learning the position as of a few weeks ago), and .

When the Cowboys traded for Ward during the , it is hard to believe they imagined needing him to step into such a large role right away. To David Irving's , the 6'7″ nightmare for offensive linemen has a long time to work his way back onto the field and dominate in ways that few at the position can.

Irving should have no problem standing out over the field of DTs the Cowboys are currently fielding, undervaluing the position in recent memory. Rod Marinelli may very well have reason to be excited about the guys he has worked with so far, left with no choice but to apply his hard-and-fast style to any defensive linemen fortunate enough to learn under him.

The alarming amount of players doing so right now that the Cowboys will have to consider for spots on the roster thanks to David Irving's continuous unreliability is concerning to say the least.

Also working through their numbers at to evaluate how pick will be utilized, the new-look Cowboys defense feels uncertain up the middle. Again, it is the end of May and games are not won and lost because of this just yet.

Insert David Irving at the 3T position and suddenly the entire Dallas defense is elevated because of it. Particularly franchise-tagged , who makes Irving's current status all the more frustrating – benefiting the most from playing alongside a disruptive DT and entering yet another contract season.

As the summer heat beckons the return of another NFL season, the Cowboys are going to have plenty of difficult roster decisions to make before ever reaching a meaningful game. Falling behind this early in the offseason program after three years with the Cowboys is inexcusable for David Irving.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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