The Dallas Cowboys are winners of three games in a row and a lot of it is due to their current and future first-round picks, Leighton Vander Esch and Amari Cooper (you know what I mean).
First-round picks excel in Dallas generally and both LVE and Cooper are the latest examples of that. Dating all the way back to Tyron Smith’s selection in 2011 (the first in the Jason Garrett era) the Cowboys generally find superstars with their first pick. The last few years have treated us to some great players but Taco Charlton is a bit of an outlier in that respect as of now.
We haven’t seen Charlton through this three-game winning streak due to a shoulder injury. Some speculation surfaced on Wednesday courtesy of 105.3 The Fan that Charlton was absent from the Thanksgiving Day game against Washington not because of anything connected to his shoulder but perhaps things relating to his attitude. Take a listen.
Moments ago: @FishSports tells @GavinDawson and @GBagNation on @1053TheFan more about Taco Charlton's "attitude" inactive last week... pic.twitter.com/fCnv2QNksg— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) November 28, 2018
Mike Fisher suggests that Taco may have been “moping” due to how things have gone on around him. With Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong and Tyrone Crawford (now spending more time outside as the interior gets healthy) all involved, room as the bookend for DeMarcus Lawrence is hard to come by. Fisher suggests this might be the issue for Taco.
It would be quite interesting if Jason Garrett and Co. really did bench Charlton more to send a message than out of necessity due to how critical last week’s game against Washington was. The argument can certainly be made that Taco’s presence might not have made the biggest impact but perhaps that’s why an attitude adjustment, as Fish puts it, may have been necessary.
What do you think? Do you buy that the Cowboys left Taco off of the active roster in order to adjust his attitude?
Update 1:18pm ET
Shortly after we published this post Taco himself tweeted out a justification of sorts.
I missed 3-4 games but I got a perfectly fine shoulder and nothing is wrong wit me “When they don’t got a story they’ll make one”— Taco Charlton (@TheSupremeTaco) November 28, 2018