Charlton recorded three tackles, including his first sack of the year, and forced a fumble in Sunday night's win over the Giants.
The Cowboys' pass rush was in Eli Manning's face all night, racking up six sacks in total, and Charlton was one of the QB's most frequent tormentors. After picking up only three sacks in 16 games as a rookie last year, the defensive end appears poised to take a big step forward in his production in 2018.
Charlton (shoulder) has returned to the field for practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Charlton missed some early camp work with a shoulder issue, but he's back in the battle for reps along the defensive line after notching 19 tackles (15 solo) and three sacks as a rookie in 2017.
Charlton didn't practice Thursday due to a shoulder injury.
The Cowboys haven't expressed concern over Charlton's shoulder injury and he isn't expected to miss much time with the ailment. Kony Ealy and Austin Larkin figure to pick up some extra reps if Charlton remains sidelined for any more practices.
Charlton finished the regular season with 19 tackles, including three sacks, and a pass defended in 16 games.
The 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft got his NFL career off to a slow start, not recording his first sack until Week 9, and he never rose above being a depth option in the Cowboys' pass-rush rotation. Bigger things will be expected from Charlton next season, especially if David Irving (concussion) doesn't return to Dallas, but he still has a lot to prove before he'll be on the IDP radar.
Charlton recorded his first NFL sack in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.
The 28th overall pick in this year's draft has had a quiet start to his career, which isn't unusual for a defensive end adjusting to the strength and technique of NFL offensive linemen, but with DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving commanding plenty of extra attention, Charlton is starting to find some lanes to the QB of his own. Don't be surprised if he joins the Cowboys' sack party more often in the second half.
|3||9/23/18||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ HOU||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ WAS||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|10||11/11/18||@ PHI||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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