With DeMarcus Lawrence on the shelf for the foreseeable future and 19 days to NFL close, the Dallas Cowboys could take a step to strengthen their line of defense.
That move, Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine speculates, centers around a potential deal for Detroit Lions lineman Michael Brockers, who can play indoors or outdoors, and would be a significant improvement on current Dallas staff, including third-round rookie DT Osa Odighizuwa and the veteran free agent also Brent Urban.
“The inside of the defensive line does not anchor any evil running defense either,” wrote Ballentine, who also criticized the sagging sack sums of the cowboys. “They give up 4.2 yards per carry, which puts them in 14th place in the league. Rescuing Michael Brockers from the depths of Detroit Lions football could be a move that will help them in both ways. … The Lions should try to sell by the deadline and they might have just the right player for the Cowboys. “
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Brockers, number 14 in the 2012 draft selection, has accumulated 409 tackles (259 solos), 50 tackles for loss, 63 quarterback hits and 29 sacks in 10 professional seasons, split between stints in St. Louis (Los Angeles) and Detroit.
Brockers, who will turn 31 in December, is in the middle of his first year with the Lions, who were swapped by the Rams for a 2013 seventh round election last off-season. In his first five games in Motor City, he has completed a total of 14 tackles, two TFLs, a QB hit, and a sack.
For comparison, the aforementioned Osa Odighizuwa has 11 tackles (six solos), three TFLs, eight QB hits, and two sacks over the same five game period. As a college DT, he developed in DE under the Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn, who was impressed with the UCLA product.
“I’m happy with his position and I think the arrow goes up for him simply because he has a pace like a defensive end,” Quinn said on the team’s official website last month. “That’s why we moved him inside and he showed that in college. The task now is to take some of these skills and make them what we think they can be. “
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The $ 105 million pass rusher of the Cowboys broke his fifth metatarsal bone during a training session on September 15 and will “probably” miss another “month,” said team vice president Stephen Jones recently. Jones also repeated this prediction for the second DT Neville Gallimore, who remains in injured reserve after a dislocation of his left elbow in August.
“The luck is we’re getting it back,” Jones said of Lawrence on Monday of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a little early to determine when it will be, but it will be a few more games before we get it back. But most people would agree that he was probably our best defensive player before he got injured and it will be great when we get him back. We still have to weather the storm. We’ll be bringing Dorance Armstrong back after the goodbye which will be great to have him back. And of course Trysten Hill and [Neville] Gallimore comes back. So all of these guys will be big pluses when they come back and look forward to having them again. Look forward to having them back. But Gallimore and DeMarcus Lawrence are going to need more time here, and it will probably be over a month to get them back. “
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