Christian Covington: 5 Things to Know About the New Cowboys Defensive Lineman

by | Mar 14, 2019 | Articles, The League, The Team

The Cowboys have added veteran free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington, formerly of the Houston Texans. Here are some fun facts to learn about the newest member of America’s Team (who is actually from Canada!)

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Don’t Confuse Christian Covington with Teammate Chris Covington

There will be two Covingtons on the Cowboys’ roster: newly signed veteran defensive lineman Christian Covington and second-year linebacker Chris Covington. No, they are not related. Christian is from Canada and Chris is from Chicago. Christian is entering his fifth NFL season; Chris just finished his rookie season and played 5 games for the Cowboys in 2018.


Covington Spent His First Four NFL Seasons with the Texans

Covington just completed his original four-year contract with the Texans, which he signed as a rookie in 2015. From 2015-2018, he played in 50 games with 9 starts and 65 career tackles. He missed 9 games of the 2017 season (torn biceps). In 2018, he recorded a career-high 3 ½ sacks which means that he can provide some pass rush up-the-middle. In 2019, Covington became a free agent before signing with the Cowboys on March 14th on a one-year contract.

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Christian Got to Texas as Fast as He Could!

What’s the old saying about people moving to Texas…they may not be born in Texas, but they got here as fast as they could?!?!

You could say that about Christian Covington. He left Vancouver to play college football at Rice University in Houston, Texas…then stayed in Houston as the Texans’ 6th round pick (#216 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Christian Covington was also drafted by the CFL in 2015 with the 43rd overall pick, but chose to stay in Texas and pursue a professional career in the NFL rather than returning to Canada.


He Can Play Multiple Spots on the Offensive Line, Will Join Cowboys’ D-Line Rotation

Christian Covington could be asked to play both the nose tackle (one-technique) and defensive tackle position (three-technique) on the interior of the defensive line. Because of position-flex, he can be a valuable member of the defensive line rotation, especially since David Irving is not returning to the Cowboys in 2019 and other defensive linemen like Caraun Reid are free agents. If Covington plays inside, then Tyrone Crawford can get more playing time at his regular spot at defensive end instead of playing inside.

Covington could be an integral part of the rotation of the interior line along with starters Maliek Collins and Antwaun Woods.


O Canada!!

Christian Covington is from Vancouver, British Columbia.

His dad, Grover Covington, was one of the greatest defensive ends to ever play in the Canadian Football League and spent 11 seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, finishing his career as the league’s all-time sacks leader (157 career sacks) and becoming a member of the CFL’s Hall of Fame.


via CFL Hall of Fame

Christian is one of several native Canadians to play for America’s Team, including Cowboys’ defensive co-captain Tyrone Crawford (Windsor, Ontario) and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur (Montreal, Quebec). Cowboys kicker Brett Maher is from Nebraska but played in the CFL.