4 under the radar players who could steal a spot on Cowboys roster

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LANDOVER, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 12: Dorance Armstrong #92 of the Dallas Cowboys recovers a fumble and returns it for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on December 12, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

1. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE

The entire Dallas front office took some heat when they lost Gregory this offseason. What made the departure of the young man they invested so much in seem so bad was that he took an offer in Denver nearly identical to the one he was offered with the Cowboys.

Dallas, however, decided to throw some language in their offer that upset Gregory so much, that he bolted. Afterward, he and Jerry Jones had some words through the media, as the team’s owner proved he still struggles to let things go.

And as Jones often does, he seemed to make things worse when he said he believes Dorance Armstrong will help replace Gregory, but this time, he wasn’t wrong. Armstrong had a breakout season in 2021 where he put up 37 tackles and five sacks while helping to fill in for injured players such as Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence.

Armstrong isn’t a one-year wonder either. He played well the season prior, but just wasn’t getting home on his pass rushes. Still, he was a solid player against the run — offering more than Gregory in this department.

Looking ahead to 2022, Armstrong will likely compete with Dante Fowler, Jr. for the starting spot opposite Lawrence. Should he secure this, there’s no reason to think he won’t expand upon his numbers from a year ago.

This isn’t to say he will outright replace Gregory, but as Jones said, he could help.

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