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Cutting Dontari Poe comes with huge silver lining, per Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy

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Earlier in the week, the Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Dontari Poe. The 30-year-old’s tenure in Dallas lasted for just seven games, and at this point, coach Mike McCarthy believes that this recent development comes with a huge silver lining.

According to McCarthy, Poe’s departure presents itself as an opportunity for other guys to step up in his stead:

“I mean really, my view is based on evaluation, going through everything each and every day,” McCarthy said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News (h/t Josh Alper of NBC Sports). “You look at all the variables involved in what it takes for players to be successful. But at the end of the day, we feel this decision gives a number of guys more opportunities. We want to feel the impact of particularly some of these young guys getting more snaps, so that’s the direction I’m going.”

For his part, Poe wasn’t having the best of seasons with the Cowboys. In seven appearances, he posted just seven tackles with a snap rate of 53 percent. The two-time Pro-Bowler suffered a significant quad injury last season, and he just hasn’t been the same since. Simply put, he did not have enough of an impact for Dallas to keep him on board. The Cowboys even tried to trade him, but obviously, there wasn’t any interest on the vet.

Rookie Naville Gallimore looks to be in line for a significant boost in his role for the squad. The good news for him is that there’s not going to be too much pressure, with the Cowboys currently standing at 2-5.