How does Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones feel about the team’s defense with a quarter of the season now complete?
Jones is optimistic because help is on the way.
“Candidly, I like the help we got on the way,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan and RJ show, per the Dallas Mornings News’ Jon Machota. “I think our defense has got some personnel coming. So, you could be critical the other day, you could be critical individually, you can be critical as a unit, but we’re progressing, let’s put it like that.”
The 2-2 Cowboys have the 20th ranked defense in the NFL. Opponents are averaging more than 31 points over the last three games.
Jones’ optimism stems from injured defenders reemerging. Linebacker Sean Lee should be able to play this week after missing Week 4 with a hamstring injury, rookie cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring ailment of his own and linebacker Anthony Hitchens is on pace to make his season debut this week or next following a preseason knee injury.
Then there is defensive end David Irving who is set to return from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
Those are four impact players for the Cowboys on the defensive side of the football. Jones has good reason to be feel optimistic about the Cowboys’ defense.
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