During the days of former head coach Jason Garrett, it seemed as if the defensive tackle position was regularly ignored. Enter Mike McCarthy, who immediately went to work revamping the interior of the Dallas Cowboys defensive line. Veterans Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe will be the team’s new anchors at the 1-tech and 3-tech. Rookie Neville Gallimore, taken in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, will get to learn behind Poe and will be a huge part of the Cowboys rotation on the defensive front.
Yesterday, a video surfaced of Gallimore training with defensive line specialist Coach Brandon Jordan, and it was quite impressive.
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— Coach Brandon Jordan (@CoachBTJordan) July 23, 2020
Gallimore is a mountain of a man at 6’2 304 pounds but it doesn’t stop him from being extremely athletic. His feet are incredibly fast and he has a non-stop motor. He keeps his speed when dipping his shoulder while also utilizing his quick hands to keep offensive linemen from getting their hands on him. What’s unique about Gallimore is that he can play both the 1-tech and the 3-tech. New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is looking to show multiple looks along the defensive line which makes Gallimore’s versatility a prime asset.
Once he was drafted Gallimore talked to the Dallas media and put everyone on notice about what he brings to the table.
“A high-effort guy. A guy with the jack-of-all-trades. A guy that’s also disruptive and can rush the passer or a guy that can stop the run,” Gallimore said, describing himself. “Whatever you need, whatever you want from me, I will do just that and I’ll do it to the best of my abilities. And how I kind of describe myself, again, is an unfinished process. I feel like a lot of people understand that my ceiling is so high, and I know that. Again, the best football hasn’t come out of me yet, but it’s coming. It’s coming soon.”
The Cowboys struggled against the run and were only 19th in sacks per game in last season (2.4). Having a player like Gallimore who possesses the skills to be effective in both areas will be a real plus for the Cowboys defense in 2020.
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