The Dallas Cowboys are never short of hype this time of year and this season is certainly no different. From Dak Prescott’s big comeback to Randy Gregory’s pending breakout, to the return of the O-line, to Ezekiel Elliott’s offseason, the buzz is at a fever pitch.
But with all the noise surrounding the high-profile players, a handful of players are flying under too many peoples’ radars.
Today we’re going to take a look at three Dallas Cowboys veteran players fans are sleeping on
Besides the high-profile players, there are plenty of of other guys looking to make a big impact on the 2021 Dallas Cowboys.
Brent Urban, DT/DE
Brent Urban is a player we highlighted right when the Dallas Cowboys signed him back in March, and again this past week. The 30-year-old defensive lineman comes to Dallas from Chicago. He’s coming off his best season as a pro and should instantly become the Cowboys top run-stuffer this season.
The 6-7 300+ lineman is not your typical “trashcan full of dirt” at DT and actually figures to take a good amount of snaps outside as a 2-gapping defensive end. He’s played in odd man fronts throughout his career and figures to play end in his share of them this year in Dan Quinn’s base 3-man front.
His ability to 2-gap will open up opportunities for guys like DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, and Micah Parsons. Rated as the 3rd best interior run-stopper by Pro Football Focus, Urban will serve as the anchor to the unit in Dallas and provide veteran leadership to developing 1-tech, Quinton Bohanna.
Urban isn’t going to play on many passing downs and he’s not going to fill the stat sheet. But the veteran gives much-needed stability to the line, and will open up a ton of opportunities for the linebackers behind him.