Benson Mayowa, Defensive End
Honestly, anyone who watched the Cowboys play last season knows that defensive end Benson Mayowa is far from Dallas’ war daddy. Yet, the former Oakland Raider somehow led the team with 6.0 sacks in 2016. That’s after the Cowboys benched him midseason to apparently send a message about his poor play.
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On Sunday, Dallas benched Mayowa again. The fifth-year veteran was a healthy scratch against the San Francisco 49ers. Through his first five games this season, Mayowa has posted just six total tackles and has yet to drop a quarterback.
It appears that the 26-year old pass rusher refuses to build on his previous season’s success. Prior to leading Dallas last year, Mayowa had recorded just two sacks total in his first three years as a pro. The defensive end has apparently retreated back to the warm embrace of mediocrity.
Unfortunately, Dallas signed the restricted free agent to a three-year, $8.25 million contract. So Mayowa will likely be a Cowboy through 2018. But who knows? Maybe this benching is just what he needs to make a triumphant comeback this season. I mean, it’s worked before.
And yes, I think Mayowa is still better than Taco right now. But who benches a first round pick, right?