Dallas Cowboys right tackle Terence Steele is coming off his worst performance this season.
Against the Eagles, Steele gave up 12 pressures on Dak Prescott, giving him a total of 28 on the season.
Cowboys’ Confidence in Terence Steele
During Week 14 of the 2022 season, Steele tore his ACL and MLC and returned in time to participate in training camp over the summer.
Although the timeline for his return was impressive and a reflection of how Steele attacked his rehab process, he is now working through the season post-injury and post-surgery.
Head coach Mike McCarthy describes it as a normal process for a player coming off a significant joint injury with many new “first times.”
“He’s definitely going to go through some things. That’s part of that first year back,” said McCarthy.
But the Cowboys’ front office shares the same confidence for Steele to bounce back.
On 105.3 The Fan, Jerry Jones said the team has confidence in the right tackle. But they could also be better at giving him the help he might need during this time, especially with pass blocking.
“We got a lot of confidence in Steele. That was a pretty impactful situation we had there with the pressures. But we can do better there. We can do better with help there as well,” said Jones.
Getting Steele some help from the tight end room could impact the passing game, but it could be a solution in helping to build back confidence.
Steele Taking Accountability
The 26-year-old is taking accountability and using Sunday’s game against the Eagles as a learning lesson.
He said the product of that game came down to getting sloppy with his fundamentals.
As far as returning from the ACL injury, he said there hadn’t been any limitations for him since setting the goal not to miss any playing time this season.
When asked if his knee bothered him this year, he responded, “A little bit, definitely had ups and downs, but it’s been good overall.”
As for his mental recovery from the injury, he was honest and said some days are better than others for him.
But he knows building his confidence back up is essential, adding, “It really just takes reps and stacking good days on top of each other, and that will get your confidence back.”
But the fourth-year veteran said he is his harshest critic and knows he needs to play better.
“It’s just keeping a level head, just watching the film, learning from my mistakes. No one is harder on me than myself,” said Steele.
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