3. A good night for pass rushers
After not generating any pass rush in the Hall of Fame Game, it was great to see some of the young defensive lineman play well.
Defensive ends Taco Charlton, Damontre Moore, Lenny Jones, and Lewis Neal were able to get penetration on multiple occasions. This is a great sign going forward, as Dallas will need their young pass rushers to contribute early in the season.
Of all the defensive ends, Charlton was the most impressive. The improvement from last week was noticeable, as he executed different moves to get in the backfield.
On his first career sack, Charlton ripped underneath the left tackle and displayed great closing speed to get to the quarterback. Hopefully this is the beginning of a productive rookie year for the talented defensive end.
While Charlton got most of the fanfare, the “others” made their presence known. Moore and Jones were able to pressure the quarterback all night, pressuring him into quick throws. Neal was able to penetrate the Rams’ offensive line, tackling the running back in the backfield.
With the defense predicated on getting penetration, its a good sign the young players are stepping up. With multiple veterans either hurt or suspended for the early part of the season, they’ll need produce early.