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5 Plays to know the new Arizona Cardinals: Victor Dimukeje offers a relentless work ethic and a good pass rush repertoire

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Duke Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

When the Arizona Cardinals took Victor Dimukeje with their first sixth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there was a bit of a surprise from the fanbase.

Why would the team take a late round pass rusher when they have made investment in bringing back so many from the edge this past season? With the exception of Haason Reddick, the band is back together.

The reason is simple, Dimukeje doesn’t project as an elite, every down player at the next level, but he does show to be a potential high-end backup with special teams versatility.

In fact, he could be similar to what the New England Patriots had with Tully Banta-Cain for so many years.

Here are five plays to get to know the Duke edge rusher.

Dimukeje plays with his hands well, he understands how to get engaged and disengaged.

He has a good understanding of the game and his assignment.

The athleticism is the reason he fell, he doesn’t change direction all that well.

And if his initial rush doesn’t work, then he struggles to get pressure.

However, he works relentlessly, and he gives you everything he has in the game. Even when it is late and maybe a bit out of reach.