If theres' two defensive linemen on the Dallas Cowboys heading in completely opposite directions after Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, it's Demarcus Lawrence and Taco Charlton.
Lawrence is already tied for the NFL's lead in sacks. Charlton, the Cowboys' first-round pick in April, might be riding the bench even more now after playing under half of the team's snaps thus far in the season.
Per the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George, here's the word on the two QB-hunters:
On Demarcus Lawrence:
"I'm curious how many sacks DE DeMarcus Lawrence ends up with this season:Lawrence is finally healthy again (after back surgeries the last two offseasons) and it shows. He has two sacks in each of the Cowboys' first two games to tie for the NFL lead with four. Can he reach 32? No, but what will be his season total? A lot of that will likely depend on how much help Lawrence gets up front the rest of the way. If the Cowboys can't get a pass-rush from somewhere else, opponents will eventually put more and more emphasis on slowing Lawrence each snap than they have so far. Lawrence set a career high with eight sacks in 2015 to lead the Cowboys then only had one last year. Consider this: The first Cowboys player to reach four sacks last year was Tyrone Crawford ... in Week 14 on Dec. 11 against the Giants.
On Taco Charlton:
"I'm curious if first-round pick DE Taco Charlton will see less snaps soon: With the return of DE Damontre Moore this week from suspension and DE David Irving scheduled to be back in Week 5 from suspension, how will that cut into Taco Charlton's snap count. The suspensions of Moore and Irving to start the season gave Charlton a golden opportunity to impress coaches through more chances. Instead, Charlton has had little impact. Through two games, he's played 59 of the team's 134 defensive snaps and has only one tackle."