Dallas Cowboys

Motivated defensive end Benson Mayowa is back making plays

FRISCO The Dallas Cowboys appear to pushing all the right buttons when it comes to in-season player moves on defense.

They benched Orlando Scandrick in favor of rookie cornerback Anthony Brown and the sixth-round pick from Purdue recorded the first interception of his career against the New York Giants.

They sat defensive end Benson Mayowa from three games because of lack of production. He has had two sacks in the past two games since being made active, including a career high six tackles and a sack against the Giants.

“Benson did a really good job,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He showed up in the game as a first-and-second down rusher, as a first-and-second down run defender – and then he made some big hits. He had the sack-fumble, he was around the ball a lot and was around the quarterback a lot. He played very well.”

Mayowa got the start in place of a limited DeMarcus Lawrence and came through with the performance the team had been looking for since they signed him away from the Oakland Raiders in the off-season as a restricted free agent. He returned from being inactive for three games properly motivated.

“You want to create competition on your team,” Garrett said. “He’s worked very hard in practice. He earned the right to get an opportunity again. He’s certainly taken advantage of it.”

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