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.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants to see Charlton more involved in upcoming games, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Charlton played a season-high 38 snaps in Week 7, recording just one tackle and one pass breakup. Marinelli says the defensive end is making "baby steps" but wants the rookie first-round pick to bring his game to another level. Charlton is the only defensive end that was chosen in the first round in the 2017 draft that hasn't recorded a sack yet, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Charlton (back) played in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
The rookie had been dealing with a lingering back injury coming into Saturday's contest so it was a great sign to see him running around making plays. Charlton played 26 defensive snaps for the Cowboys and looks poised to make his mark on the defense come Week 1.
Charlton (back) was limited in practice Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Charlton has been nursing this back injury and a hip injury for a few days now, and he's being listed as day-to-day. The 2017 first-round pick recorded 40 tackles and 10 sacks in 11 games for the University of Michigan, and now he has a serious chance at earning a Week 1 starting job in Dallas. Tyrone Crawford (ankle) and Benson Mayowa (knee) are his toughest competition, and neither for them have overly impressive NFL resumes. The first step is getting healthy enough to play again, and his next chance will be Saturday against the Rams.
Charlton (back) is participating in team drills Thursday, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Charlton was held out earlier in the week due to a back injury, but it looks like it didn't linger for the defensive end. Unless the Cowboys exercise caution or Charlton goes through a setback, he should be available for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.
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