We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Cowboys' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 7, the EDGEs
This is a pretty tricky part of the Cowboys' roster to analyze because their best player lines up as an EDGE for a considerable amount of time but he's not an EDGE per se. We're going to put Micah Parsons as a linebacker for this series, but it'd be wrong for us not to mention his work as a pass rusher as well.
DeMarcus Lawrence is the best guy in the group, but the real question is who's going to take over Randy Gregory's dirty job, pressuring the quarterback and creating a ton of opportunities even if it doesn't mean getting a huge number of sacks. Lawrence should get his usual numbers and Gregory will be massive for the defense as well, but things are murky when it goes to depth.
Will Dante Fowler Jr. return to his best days now that he's going to be used as a rotator pass rusher? Will rookie Sam Williams take over from where Gregory left off? Will Dorance Armstrong get a bigger role on defense with more available opportunities for him?
If any of the guys above deliver, then it can be difficult for the offensive lines to block the Cowboys' edges. But Lawrence can't be the only one that produces anything.
Edge room grade: 3,5/5. They need something to come out of the rotation depth, but there's enough potential to be intrigued.