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Zach Minter not floundering around

08/19/2014 2:11 PM

08/19/2014 2:12 PM

The name Zach Minter didn’t create much of a buzz when the Cowboys signed him less than a week ago. But it surely has now.

Minter has become one of the training camp darlings after he had four tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry Saturday against the Ravens.

Minter was rewarded with his standout game by getting some work with the first-team defense on Tuesday.

“Players were coming up to me [during the game] and literally hit me, ‘Don’t take 79 out,’” coach Jason Garrett said. “They didn’t even know who the hell he was.”

Garrett then compared Minter to Stephen Furst’s Animal House character, Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman, which drew several laughs from reporters.

But, Garrett said, “He didn’t have a Flounder look to him when the ball was snapped. He really showed up. He impacted the game.”

Minter, a Montana State product who played two games with the Chicago Bears last season, finds himself in position to make the team, too. It’s telling that the Cowboys are already giving him snaps with the first team.

It wouldn’t be unheard of, either.

Defensive end George Selvie was in a similar position last year, had a strong showing in the preseason, and went on to start 16 games and record seven sacks during the regular season.

“I talked to him about it because I heard about what he did last year,” Minter said. “If you can make yourself noticed, put some things on film, it makes a great resume for coaches when they’re watching film and thinking about who they want to stay on the team.

“I’ve worked pretty hard to get to this point, so I’m just trying to stick around.”

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