What if I told you that a rookie pass rusher would be given the number 74, live up to its large shadow in a small way, and beat Tyron Smith at one point in one training camp?
Let’s be clear. Dorance Armstrong isn’t Bob Lilly, nor will he ever be, but he really is coming on quite nicely for a pass rusher, let alone one who’s doing it for the first time at the NFL level.
Armstrong has been one of the surprisse of camp so far and has plenty of people salivating. It’s been a long time since Cowboys fans were this excited about a rookie defensive end, and typically when you have a rookie like this you want to see how he does against your stars.
Remember back when Tyron Smith was a rookie, it was fascinating to watch how he battled DeMarcus Ware. There were moments that Tyron won when it was obvious how great of a player he would grow to be. We might be seeing something similar in Dorance Armstrong, who took on Tyron himself this past Wednesday.
Rookie Dorance Armstrong vs Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith: pic.twitter.com/RSHSB3l1AD— Brandon George (@DMN_George) August 16, 2018
This is a six second-long video of one drill from one practice on one day of training camp. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t insanely exciting and promising in terms of who Dorance Armstrong is and could become. Besides, we got another piece of film for you to watch on Armstrong:
Let's slow that down a little to fully appreciate what is happening in John's film sequence. Watch Armstrong's left knee as he makes his turn. pic.twitter.com/hXpU7ZA5QC— One Cool Customer (@OCC44) August 15, 2018
Are you kidding? That was a crazy good pass-rush move.
Armstrong has definitely exceeded expectations almost halfway through the preseason, and who would have ever thought he would do that coming from Kansas? Kansas! He’s an exciting cog in the Rod Marinelli machine, and if he’s capable of handling the Tyron Smith even just one time, that’s a promising start to his Cowboys career.