Mayowa ready for opportunity in Arizona after “learning experience” in Dallas

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Benson Mayowa played 36.2 percent of the Cowboys’ defensive snaps in 2016 when he had a career-best six sacks in 13 games. He played 36.5 percent of the defensive snaps in 14 games last season when he made one sack.

The Cowboys released him after the season.

The opportunity there, [the Cowboys] controlled it, and it kind of showed,” Mayowa said, via Darren Urban of the team website. “It happens. It happens to most of us. Now that I went through that, I feel like when I get an opportunity, I have to take more of an advantage. Even more than I have done. That was a learning experience.”

The defensive end, who has nine career sacks in five seasons, signed a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Cardinals.

“Every time you go somewhere new or every time something happens you can’t control, it’s a chip on your shoulder,” Mayowa said. “There is always a chip on my shoulder. When you come to a new situation with new coaches, it has to be a boulder.”

The Cardinals are going to a 4-3 base defense, and Mayowa is the only defensive end with notable experience besides Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. Golden still is rehabbing from a torn ACL.

“I feel like I am the original 4-3 defensive end,” Mayowa said.

5 responses to “Mayowa ready for opportunity in Arizona after “learning experience” in Dallas

  1. At 6″3-265 DE Benson Mayowa is a good rotational pass-rushing DE excelling getting a lot of pressures & hits on the QB. Last season was a down season for him because he was playing on a high ankle, but he as a rotational guy he can be a 5-8 sack guy. Mayowa is an upgrade over Kareem Martin, whom Arizona let go, Martin just couldnt rush the passer well. Arizona should have a very good pass-rush this season both inside and outside, but esp on the outside with All-Pro DE Chandler Jones, DE Markus Golden is good for 10+ sacks and is healthy he will be back in time for camp as well as the addition of Mayowa. Head-Coach Steve Wilks scheme fits all 3 of their skill sets very well.

  2. Don’t mess up the #1 pick, Suns fans. Ayton is a beast. It’s simple. Athletically, he’s a freak. No brainer. If you guys take Doncic, I wash my hands of you.

  3. Hawkkiller: you nailed it. 36% and had that much production! That ain’t bad at all. You forgot Bucannon in there as well as Jones, Golden, Nkemdiche, Gunter and $B Bucannon.
    This D is going to be tough as hell. I wish we could have kept DJ. He just had a Bad Ass to him I think the Cards need. If either QB plays above 67% completions. They will win 11-13 games. This and their 2015 Team were/are their best. Injuries killed 2015. Let’s see what 2018 does. They are deeper at WR than everyone thinks.

  4. Per CJ: “Our whole defense should be a lot faster.”

    Agreed with red2616… 11-13 wins this year.

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