A former third-round pick in 2020, Gallimore suffered a crippling elbow injury in last year’s preseason that cost him five games and four starts in 2021, and his absence was postponed to mid-December. The pride of Wayland, Ontario immediately reminded everyone of what he can do on the football field – before his return was largely felt – – with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 11 What could happen in the opening round of the regular season against the Cowboys. ,
The 25-year-old is now 100% healthy and is starving to move forward on the defensive this season. Not only did it improve itself, but it also served to set the example for new additions, such as rookie fifth-round pick John Ridgeway and second-year talent such as Osa Odighizuwa, Quinton Bohanna, and Chancey Golston, among others. Others like Tristan, the former pick of the round. With Hill (who is entering a crucial season), it feels more and more like the interior of the defensive front will go as Gallimore—both in production and as a field general.
Asked whether he’s prepared to deliver a potentially breakout season after the Cowboys camp’s final unpadded practice that he didn’t get a year ago, Gallimore smiled, and was candid in his response.
“Yes sir, absolutely. Believe me,” he said. “Now is the time. We’re not gonna play with it. We’re gonna get it.”
“Ready to set the world on fire and this is the time to do it.”
If the Cowboys can stop running consistently, from the point of view of yards received, edge rushers can land on opposing quarterbacks. For perspective, the club improved its run defense over the previous year and ranked in the top-10 (13), just four more than the league-best New England Patriots in that category.
That said, his turn-but-not-break mentality resulted in enough turns to make the yoga instructor blush—the pack was ranked 16th-overall for running yards (1,918) and 25th-all-out yards. Permission granted. On the ground (4.5 per handoff).
It just won’t happen, and especially if the Cowboys are hoping to keep the heat of a determined offensive line group and young receiving corps trying to figure themselves out without the aid of four-time Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper. Or, at least to start the season, a veteran game-changer in Michael Gallup.
But as much as Gallimore will do and take in as much as he can, his supporting cast must quickly evolve into that same game-changing force if they are to take the pressure (no pun intended) from Lawrence and the outside pass rushers. Looking back on the first week of practice, it’s impressive how Ridgeway – essentially a road grader – is able to move whatever large human is placed in front of him, and with ease, while both Odighizuwa and Bohana look a bit sharp. than they were in 2021, and without sacrificing any physical mass or power.
The latter could also be said for Gallimore, who, on more than one occasion, as a defensive end on a three-man front highlighted a successful spin move, how versatile he could be and defensive coordinator Dan’s initials. Reminds me of. Quinn expects his lineman to: the ability to flex between multiple positions; Be it 0-tech/1-technique (nose tackle), 3-technique, 5-technique or further off center.
Bottom line, they all have to expect both the expected (their base position) and the unexpected (the in-game adaptation), and do well in both situations if they want to be part of a defense in which Quinn beats them at their worst. Saw in position first in several categories in his first year at Dallas.
This is something Ridgeway is not uncomfortable with.
“It doesn’t matter to me. They become more comfortable in whatever front they call,” the rookie said during the minicamp, noting that he was also asked to hang out in Arkansas during his collegiate days. . “… it depends on which front we were on. If we were three down or four down. If we were down four, I could play 3-technique, nose [or] Shadow. When we were at Three Downs, I was 2-take.”
So, for Ridgeway, his first off season with the Cowboys is mostly about refinement of technique and adapting to what he sees is really the biggest difference at a professional level.
,[It’s] Speed, because the NFL is go, go, go, go,” he said. “In college you can do some plays and hold your breath. But you’re going up against All-Pro every day. So, you can’t breathe at all.”
When it comes to what the Cowboys need from their defensive interior in 2022 if they finally want to end the long Super Bowl drought that has caused famine throughout the fandom, in true words it hasn’t been said. Can’t breathe at all. Close, of course.
It starts with, you guessed it: It’s raining in Southern California. And though it’s still early, it looks like a storm front is moving forward as Galmore’s preparations become a rain dance at Oxnard.