The Dallas Cowboys moved former Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford inside to tackle for the fourth game of last season.
From then on, he was a force.
Crawford finished the season with 29 quarterback pressures, the second-most on the team. ProFootballFocus.com ranked him the 14th-most-productive pass rusher among tackles in the NFL.
Crawford returns to that role this season – and his spot is considered a critical component of Rod Marinelli’s defense.
“There’s a history to it, a long history in this defense,” Marinelli told 105.3 The Fan, according to FoxSports.com. “Walking into it, you better expect expectations. ... That has to produce for us. It demands so much, as you walk on the field, you’ve got to say: ‘This is my field. I’ve got to be the motor.’ And he’s doing a good, solid job so far, but it’s day to day.”
Crawford is considered one of the Cowboys’ top practice players, according to DallasNews.com, in part because he always hustles.
Coach Jason Garrett said Crawford has been a “victim of how good of a player we think he is” because the Cowboys have moved him around.
“If you can get guys settled into some of these positions, where they are doing the repetition and the skills and the techniques over and over again, that’s when they really thrive,” Garrett said, according to DallasNews.com.
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Crawford is one of 18 former Boise State players in NFL training camps. The full list is available here.
We’ll check in on each of the guys throughout the month of August.