3 returning Cowboys players who could see less playing time in 2023

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2. Neville Gallimore, DT

There were rumblings that Gallimore was a cut candidate this offseason. If the Cowboys moved on from the defensive tackle, they would have saved $2.74 million. Instead, they decided to keep him for one more year.

The 2023 season is a big one for Gallimore because he will enter free agency after this year for the first time in his career. The Cowboys drafted the Oklahoma star in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft. But the 6-foot-2 lineman hasn't made much of an impact in three years.

In three seasons, Gallimore has 74 tackles (nine tackles for loss), seven quarterback hits and three sacks in 35 games.

2021 was supposed to be a breakout season for the former Oklahoma star. However, a preseason injury kept him out for most of the year. He didn't make his season debut until Week 14 before finishing with 1.5 sacks and 13 tackles in the final five weeks.

Then last season, it felt like the 26-year-old lineman took a step back. He had just two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one sack in 16 games. He was almost non-existent at points throughout the season, which pushed Dallas to select Smith in the first round of the draft.

Like Bohanna, Gallimore will find himself lower on the depth chart entering the season. Smith, Osa Odighizuwa, and Johnathan Hankins will all see more playing time over the four-year lineman.

With defensive coordinator Dan Quinn always switching up the DT group, Gallimore should still see his fair share of playing time. But it won't be as much as 2022 unless he steps up. He played an average of 37% of the team snaps last season. Smith's arrival will probably drop that number lower.