The Dallas Cowboys improved to 2-1 with a win over the New York Giants on Monday Night. There are plenty of positives to take away from this game, but three players stood out and have earned themselves more playing time this Sunday against the Washington Commanders.
The Cowboys currently has plenty of injuries on their roster, but these past two games saw countless players step up and perform. Despite not having Dak Prescott, America’s Team continues to play well and keep the season alive for when QB1 returns.
Let’s take a look at three players who deserve more spotlight moving forward.
3 Cowboys players who earned themselves more playing time in Week 4
3. Dorance Armstrong, DE
After letting Randy Gregory walk in the offseason many people questioned how the Cowboys would be able to fill the void left by him. Luckily for Dallas, Dorance Armstrong has stepped up and played well this year.
The fifth-year pro has three sacks on the year and has made the most of the opportunities the Cowboys have given him. After playing less than 50% of the defensive snaps in Weeks 1-2, his snaps increased to 64% in Week 3.
While it is good to see the Cowboys giving him additional playing time each week, his snaps should continue to increase. Giving him 75-80% of the defensive snaps seems like a good number for a player that has produced all season when on the field.
Having a crowded defensive line room may make things difficult to get all the rushers on the field. But, Armstrong is making a strong case to be the first one in behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons.
Other than his three sacks on the year, Armstrong also has three tackles for loss and four QB hits. Plus, he made a huge play on special teams blocking a field goal in the Week 3 win. The emergence of Armstrong is exactly what the team needed, and hopefully, we will see him on the field much more.