DE Charles Tapper feels 'better than ever', ready to hit QBs

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Make no mistake about it, the Dallas Cowboys have a trick or two up there proverbial sleeve when it comes to shoring up their ailing pass rush.

    Many are pleading with the team to make it rain in NFL free agency, while others cite how insanely deep the draft is this year -- both factions seemingly forgetting the Cowboys have not one, but two, redshirt pass rushers set to debut in 2017.

    Rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith and defensive end Charles Tapper were both drafted with the expectation they'd make tremendous impact on the field and, after not taking a snap in 2016 due to injury, they're both ready to be the next big stars out of what has already been a historic draft class.

    For his part, Tapper wants the world to know he's in the best shape of his life -- which is saying a lot coming from a DE that outran wide receivers at the 2016 NFL Combine.

    He recently spoke on ESPN radio's "J Dub City" with Jean Jacques-Taylor and Will Chambers to explain further, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News:

    Will Chambers: We saw last year and heard about the back issue. Just wondering 1) what happened there? And [2)], how are you now? Where are we at with the injury?

    Charles Tapper: I have a birth defect, it's called 'L5 pars defect.' ... Me not being in the best shape coming to the Cowboys was what happened to me. Coming from OU I was sitting about 275-280 [pounds]. So coming here I was about 280, 275 trying to play a five-technique. As we all know [Rod] Marinelli, he didn't like that. So he was running and running me. It's kinda more of a fatigue injury I would say than injury of any sorts. Right now I'm feeling better than I ever felt in my life condition-wise, core-wise, strength, flexibility and everything.

    So what is "Pars Defect", you ask?

    "A pars defect of the lumbar spine involves a part of a vertebra called the pars interarticularis. Roughly translated, that means "the part between two joints." A defect in the pars is a break in this portion of bone. This break leads to a separation of the upper, front portion of the vertebra from its lower, back portion." - LiveHealthy.chron.com.

    Management of the condition is ongoing and treatment/physical therapy is provided as needed, which could include wearing a back brace and more. After landing on the team's injured reserve list last season, it sounds like Tapper finally has the condition under control and expects it to be a nonissue going forward.

    As far as what he can do for the Cowboys now that he feels terrific?

    http://dal.247sports.com/Bolt/DE-Charles-Tapper-feels-better-than-ever-ready-to-hit-QBs-51788027
     
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  2. Bleu Star

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    I'm so looking forward to seeing Tapper & Smith out there wrecking fools!
     
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  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Myself, they both have their fair share of critics to silence.
     
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  4. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Bye Felicia!

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    The "crickets" party will be epic.
     
  5. CowboysYanksLakers

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    I'm excited about Tapper, I think he will be a very good edge rusher for us.
     
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  6. Risen Star

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    I would be stunned if he's not an all pro next year.
     
  7. bud914

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    Tapper ran a blazing 4.59 40-yard dash at the Combine, and that was a 270 pounds -- which is now reportedly 15-20 pounds heavier than he is currently.

    so 250-255. seems a bit light but maybe that will work for him. I too am hopeful...
     
  8. Falco78

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    I wanna see him wreck some QB's
     
  9. haleyrules

    haleyrules Well-Known Member

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    Man, l hopeTapper develops. Smith...he could be a game changer! Very excited about the possibilities.
     
  10. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    I dunno.........history tells us back injuries and DE's aren't a good mix.
     
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  11. Denim Chicken

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    Just noticed this on Tapper's draft profile, lol:

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  12. erod

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    The only chance this season has is if Tapper, Irving, and Smith are legit, and the draft is a gold mine.
     
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  13. mrtxstar

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    :rolleyes: Sure he feels great now, it's the off season. Let's see him get through OTAs and training camp still feeling great.
     
  14. Deep_Freeze

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    I'm just wondering when Jaylon became a pass rusher.

    He might need to wear a cape on the field for as much is said about him.
     
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  15. Risen Star

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    What history is there with pars defect?
     
  16. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    Come to me my "War Daddy."
     
  17. GhostOfPelleur

    GhostOfPelleur Well-Known Member

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    Smith is a MLB. That does not equal pass rusher. Tapper may have some raw athleticism but he's not exactly a premiere rush guy either. If we get 6 sacks out of him I'll be happy
     
  18. Cowboys22

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    Am I the only one a bit skeptical? "Birth defect in a vertebra is now under control" doesn't exactly instill confidence in me. This sounds like something that will possibly flair up at anytime. Extra running in training camp caused him to miss an entire year? No surgery to correct anything, just a year off and some physical therapy as needed? The whole thing spells trouble ahead to me. Hope I'm 100% wrong.
     
  19. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Actually, Smith is a middle linebacker that Notre Dame would line up wide as a pass rusher on third and long.
     
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  20. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    I can understand your skepticism.
     

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