Stephen Jones: This is a “big year” for Taco Charlton

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Five of the Cowboys’ past six first-round draft picks have made the Pro Bowl. Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Byron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott and Leighton Vander Esch have started a combined 268 games with 13 Pro Bowls and five All-Pros among them.

Taco Charlton, the 28th overall choice in 2017, has seven starts and no postseason honors.

It’s past time for the defensive end.

“Taco obviously hasn’t made his way into the starting lineup yet,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “He had a [shoulder] injury last year, which set him back. He didn’t necessarily come back as strong as he did before he got hurt. So this is a big year for Taco to step up. We certainly need him with our defensive front.”

The Cowboys traded for Robert Quinn in the offseason and hope to see the return of Randy Gregory from an indefinite suspension. They re-signed DeMarcus Lawrence to a record-breaking deal on the other side. So Charlton, who has four career sacks, will have to earn playing time.

13 responses to “Stephen Jones: This is a “big year” for Taco Charlton

  1. The Cowboys know….Taco is a bad pick.
    The cowboys have been on a nice stretch of
    successful first round picks. What happens is the
    player a team wants suddenly goes off the board
    before a team thought ..putting the team in a bit
    of panic …they them over each and pick a player
    on potential.
    When that happens a team needs to bail out and
    get more picks later or next year.
    By reaching you get players like Charlton and it hurts.
    He just is not strong enough, no explosive first step
    and seems to get down on himself.
    Part of why the Cowboys picked him was that he was
    young and hopefully had upside. Let’s hope he works to
    get there.

  2. Honestly name any Michigan player other than Frank Clark or Taylor Lewan who hasn’t been way overhyped and has underachieved since….I don’t know…Woodson? Denard Robinson was a quarterback who couldn’t complete a pass to save his life but was treated as the second coming of JC. Jabril Peppers had one interception in his college career. Rashan Gary had 3.5 sacks last year. I could go on and on but you get the point

  3. djstat says:
    April 20, 2019 at 6:52 am
    Maybe this is the year Jerry Jones smug grin won’t annoy me….

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    Not a chance.

  4. spartanlegend says:
    April 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm
    Honestly name any Michigan player other than Frank Clark or Taylor Lewan who hasn’t been way overhyped and has underachieved since….I don’t know…Woodson? Denard Robinson was a quarterback who couldn’t complete a pass to save his life but was treated as the second coming of JC. Jabril Peppers had one interception in his college career. Rashan Gary had 3.5 sacks last year. I could go on and on but you get the point
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    Tom Brady.

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