With the absence of DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, the Cowboys other pass rushers have big shoes to fill.
But the Cowboys are still confident in their pass rush depth heading into Week 2.
“We’ve got a plan,” defensive end Tarell Basham said.
The most obvious part of that plan is likely more snaps for Basham, a fifth-year veteran who signed with the Cowboys in the offseason, and Dorance Armstrong, now in his fourth season with the club. When healthy, they were the primary backups for Lawrence and Gregory in training camp.
“Dorance has done an excellent job,” McCarthy said. “Basham is back. He had some time off there in training camp (with an ankle injury).
“You have the young guys, Bradlee (Anae) and (Azur) Kamara, so we’ll just continue to work the rotation and there’s some game plan situational things that we’ll do also.”
Basham, Armstrong and Anae all played at least 10 defensive snaps in last Thursday’s loss to Tampa Bay. Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn set a heavy rotation in the opener to ensure the defensive line stayed fresh in hot, humid conditions.
Is it time for the Cowboys to explore trade options to sure up their defense?
In the wake of DeMarcus Lawrence’s terrible injury and Randy Gregory’s RESERVE/COVID IR designation, it’s easy to see the defensive line as the primary concern on the Dallas Cowboys defense.
But in reality the losses on the line is just temporary and the needs at cornerback have been, and will continue to be, an issue. The primary weakness of this defense has not changed since last season, since training camp, or since week 1. The weakness is at cornerback.
The Dallas Cowboys have a glaring weakness in their secondary and need to trade for a CB1A immediately.
The Dallas Cowboys played above expectations and lost a closely contested battle against Tom Brady and the reigning Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Even in defeat, the Cowboys proved the doubters wrong to some degree as the NFL recorded its highest rated TNF (Thursday Night Football) game ever.
If not for Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein missing three crucial field goals, the Cowboys would have accomplished one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. Since it’s easy to point the blame on Zuerlein’s lackluster accuracy, another ailment needs to be addressed immediately. To fix that need, the Cowboys should consider trading for a legitimate CB1A.
Mike Williams trash talking the Cowboys is perfect bulletin board material ahead of Week 2 - Braulio Perez, Fansided
The motivation to win week two is surely high, but looks like Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams wants to stoke the fire a little bit.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams just took a subtle shot at the Dallas Cowboys defense ahead of their Week 2 battle.
With the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers getting ready to face off on Sunday, wide receiver Mike Williams has a feeling he’s going to have a big game. Williams saw what the Tampa Bay offense, led by Tom Brady, was able to do in Week 1.
Now, Williams has taken a bit of a subtle jab at the Cowboys defense with the Dallas-LA tilt right around the corner. You better believe this is going to motivate the Dallas defense big time.
Cowboys players won’t love the latest quote from Mike Williams
“Tampa Bay receivers looked like they was having some fun out there,” Williams said via Chargers Wire.
Tampa Bay indeed put on quite the offensive clinic, as Brady finished the night throwing for 379 yards. Dallas simply had no answer for the veteran quarterback, as he was hitting Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and others with ease.
Dak Prescott confident Dallas Cowboys team will overcome injuries in Chargers game - Stefan Stevenson, Star Telegram
Dak Prescott is confident the Cowboys have the guys that are capable of overcoming any obstacle to pull out a win.
Dak Prescott isn’t much for gazing into the past.
Especially if includes a Dallas Cowboys’ loss.
While most of the media world has been pouring on the accolades since the quarterback’s dazzling return last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Prescott isn’t having it. In fact, he said he wasn’t surprised he played so well in the 31-29 loss, which included 403 passing yards and three touchdowns on 42 completions.
“No, I didn’t think that I would have rust, to be honest,” Prescott said Thursday after Cowboys’ practice at The Star. “I mean I’ve been preparing for that game and preparing for this season since I don’t know, February. Maybe even January, the moment I started walking again and got my foot back on the ground.”
Prescott dismissed the notion that he was coming off the best game of his career. As those who follow Prescott might expect, he was more concerned about preventing an 0-2 start with the Cowboys playing the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Dallas Cowboys: Breaking down a bit of sunshine heading into Week 2 - Luis Tirado Jr., The Landry Hat
There has been enough doom and gloom heading into this game, time to look at things in a positive light before kick off.
All the events that transpired between the end of Week 1 and the transition into Week 2 for the Dallas Cowboys have been absolutely wild. From player suspensions, injuries, and players, unfortunately, landing on the COVID-19 list, it’s been a lot to process in just a matter of these past few days.
So much so, that even the latest odds and prediction for the Week 2 matchup between the Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers have them as underdogs yet again. With the odds against them on top of all these latest news, the Cowboys will at least get a bit of sunshine as they continue to prepare for the Chargers.
In an article written by Patrik Walker of CBS Sports, he confirmed that safety Malik Hooker will more than likely make his Cowboys debut on Sunday. Hooker has spent the last four seasons making a name for himself on the Indianapolis Colts before unfortunately tearing his Achilles that put him out of commission in 2020 until this very moment.
Malik Hooker will likely make his debut with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2
The Cowboys saw the potential in everything he brings to the table and after doing their due diligence this past offseason decided to take a chance on the former 2017 NFL Draft first-round pick. Even though Hooker is on a one-year deal with the Cowboys, their secondary needs all the help it can get.
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