FRISCO, Texas — To bolster their running defense, the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday acquired defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and a 2024 seventh-round pick from the Las Vegas Raiders for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
The Cowboys have conceded 117 or more rushing yards in five of their seven games and rank 20th in run defense in the NFL, allowing 4.4 yards per carry.
While they have 29 sacks and conceded just 1,296 net passing yards, the fewest from a Dallas defense in seven games since 2003, they currently face four top-10 rushing offenses for the remainder of the season, with no teams with top runners like Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings and Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts.
Hankins was a 2013 New York Giants second-round pick. He is in his 10th season, having spent the last five seasons with the Raiders. He has started one of five games this season and is credited with 10 tackles and one pass defended.
At 6-foot-3, 340 pounds, he brings size to the Cowboys defensive line. Quinton Bohanna, who has served as nose tackle for most of the season, is the top defensive tackle at 6-4, 330 pounds. The Cowboys added practice team Carlos Watkins (6-3, 305lbs) to the 53-man roster last week and active Trysten Hill (6-3, 308lbs) against Neville Gallimore (6-2, 302lbs).
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34876717/sources-cowboys-trade-raiders-dt-johnathan-hankins Cowboys trade for Raiders DT Johnathan Hankins