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Without Everson Griffen, Will Rookie Bradlee Anae See More Opportunity?

The has gone far from planned for the . But one spot where it has gone exceptionally poorly is on the .

The Cowboys made a few veteran signings in the which they believed could solidify a tough unit, but instead resulted in nothing but massive failure. Defensive allegedly showed up and played overweight, and suffered an unfortunate in that ended his season prematurely.

Then there's , who after a super slow start had actually turned it on a bit over the last two weeks. Griffen was traded to Detroit this week, ending his short career with the Cowboys midway through the season.

But what does this mean for the Cowboys left still on the roster? Of course is expected to see an uptick in reps, as he should. And one can assume that will step into an even bigger role going forward, as the coaches seem to love to give him snaps.

Could Griffen's absence also mean more playing time for the rookie , though?

Anae was a star at Utah, earning All American Honors and being named the Pac-12's best in 2019. Despite incredible college production Anae fell to the of the 2020 draft, largely due to some very poor athletic testing numbers.

His measurables are concerning for sure, and he would be the exception to the rule if he were to succeed at the level. But it's also pretty rare you see a division one pass rusher produce like Anae did and then fail in the NFL.

Anae has yet to see much action at all this season, but did hint that his usage could be changing. McCarthy told the media that the would create opportunity for the team's young players.

Of course, I would take that to mean that Bradlee Anae will see some more action moving forward. After all, the to know what they may have as they look to rebuild the in the offseason.

Kevin Brady
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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