Dallas Cowboys

Sack-starved Cowboys have high hopes for rookie DeMarcus Lawrence

As well as the Cowboys defense has played this season, it’s still lacking in the sacks department.

The Cowboys (6-1) have just six sacks through seven games after getting none in their 31-21 victory against the Giants Sunday.

It’s an area that needs improvement if the Cowboys hope to get where they want to go in terms of finishing their hot start with a long playoff run.

Owner Jerry Jones believes help is on the way in the form of rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who was picked in the second round to replace DeMarcus Ware as the team’s primary pass rusher.

Lawrence has been sidelined since training camp with a fractured foot. He returned to practice last week but likely won’t be ready to go until the Nov. 2 match up against the Cardinals if not the Nov. 9 game against the Jaguars.

Still Lawrence has worked hard in rehab and gave the Cowboys a reason to be excited with his play in practice last week.

“Lawrence had everybody frothing at the mouth a little bit out there last week,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “He has really improved his body during this time off. He’s used it to really have a lot of strength work. It’s something that he didn’t do as much [in college] as he’s doing now. He’s had quite a physical improvement.”