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Mayowa losing his grip in defensive rotation

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa has two sacks and six quarterback pressures this season.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa has two sacks and six quarterback pressures this season. Special to the Star-Telegram

Amid the euphoria of the Dallas Cowboys’ thrilling comeback victory at Pittsburgh on Sunday was the fact that defensive end Benson Mayowa was inactive for the game.

Mayowa signed a three-year, $8.25 million deal to come over from the Oakland Raiders as a restricted free agent in hopes of being an answer to the team’s pass rush woes. He has two sacks and eight tackles this season. The sacks match his previous two seasons in Oakland combined.

But the lack of consistent production has been a disappointment to a team still badly in need of pass rush help. The Cowboys had hoped he could open the season at right end while Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence were on NFL suspension. But he was supplanted in that role by Jack Crawford.

Mayowa’s snaps diminished further when Lawrence returned from suspension and he was made inactive against the Steelers in favor of former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis, who the Cowboys signed off the streets last month.

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