The Dallas Cowboys are without their leading pass rusher in training camp. But, you can’t tell the way Dorance Armstrong Jr. is turning heads in camp.
When the Dallas Cowboys took the field in Oxnard, California they knew they wouldn’t have their leading pass rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence. So most of the focus along the defensive line shifted to new defensive end Robert Quinn, the rookie Trysten Hill, and defensive tackle Maliek Collins who is playing for a new contract. No one was focusing on defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr.
The 2018 fourth-round pick was always overshadowed by fellow defensive end and 2018 first-round draft pick Taco Charlton. Well, that has started to change with the strong showings that Armstrong Jr. has been producing on the practice field. Whether it has been in one on one drills or the offense vs defense drills Armstrong Jr. has been turning heads.
In one on one drills Armstrong has been able to get the best of two of the Dallas Cowboys top offensive tackles in La’el Collins, and Cam Fleming. Using his speed and power at different times and catching them off guard. The moment that really caught everyone’s attention was when he was able to get the best of the Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
In one on one drills Armstrong Jr. using his speed to work Smith up the field and once he had him moving, used a quick spin move to get around Smith and thrown him off balance. Catching most off guard and only adding more buzz around him early in camp. It’s time to start believing the hype for Armstrong Jr.
Dorance Armstrong Jr. seems to have taken the next step in his development. Something that every team is looking for from a second-year player. Hopefully, he can continue to put together good practices and that will translate to more snaps and production during the regular season for the Dallas Cowboys.