It’s a revenge game, and Taco Charlton got his.
The former Dallas Cowboys defensive end, claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, notched a “sack” on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s meeting of the teams.
It’s in quotes because Taco’s sack was of the coverage variety, with Prescott scrambling to buy time and eventually running out of it, and Charlton getting just enough of his ankles to bring him down.
This is the fifth regular season sack of Charlton’s checkered career. The No. 28 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, his lack of production was, in large measure, the impetus for Dallas deciding to pull the plug earlier this week.
That, and a disconnect with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who favored rookie DE Joe Jackson over Charlton — and ultimately got his way.
“I think sometimes the chemistry just doesn’t work with a player,” Cowboys VP Stephen Jones told the team’s official website Thursday, via 105.3 The Fan. “With Rod, he has certain standards that he looks for in a player. I just don’t think they ever saw eye-to-eye in terms of what that standard should be. We wish Taco nothing but the best, and I think he’ll go on to be a productive player in this league. A change of scenery will probably do him some good.”
Playing on a pitch count, Charlton has recorded two tackles and the sack as the Cowboys are trouncing the ‘Fins, 24-6, in the final frame.
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Taco’s Number Replaced by Cowboys
Can you tell Dallas has moved on from Charlton? The club already gave his jersey number to Hill, who made his NFL debut Sunday, starting in place of Woods, and switching from No. 79 to No. 97 for the occasion.
Hill played stout run defense, helping limit Miami running back Kenyan Drake to 44 yards on 13 carries, even though he was held off the stat sheet.
Dak Discusses Charlton’s Sack
Prescott had a hilarous response amid his postgame press conference when asked about Charlton’s takedown, claiming he didn’t throw the football away because of “completion percentage.”
Prescott finished 19-of-32 for 246 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added seven yards and a TD on two rushes.
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