The Dallas Cowboys refused to make a big splash during free agency earlier this offseason. Choosing instead to build their team primarily through the draft and re-invest their available salary cap to secure their existing players with expiring contracts.
Still, the Cowboys did make some moves during the free agency period to secure players they believed could add depth to various positions. One such player was former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton.
Outside of two-time Pro Bowl running back Alfred Morris, Thornton was seen as the Cowboys top free agency addition by some, including myself, penciling him in as Dallas’ starting defensive tackle at the one technique.But the excellent play of defensive tackles Terrell McClain, David Irving and rookie Maliek Collins saw Thornton’s snap count rise and fall drastically from a high of 31 in Week Five to a low of just 12 plays in Week Eight…and everywhere in between.
But Thornton’s play has been on an upswing as of late. And it appears the veteran is beginning to find his role within this Dallas defense. And as one insider pointed out recently, the six-year defender likely had his best outing as a Cowboy against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.
“I thought this was one of the best games we had seen from Cedric Thornton this year,” wrote football analyst Bryan Broaddus on the team’s official website. “He made a great hustle play last week against the Ravens and he was able to convert that over into this week. There were several snaps where he was just able to overpower Spencer Long, Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff to end up in the backfield.”