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Recently-signed defensive end Ryan Davis might play against Redskins

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s coaching style helped attract newly-signed end Ryan Davis.
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s coaching style helped attract newly-signed end Ryan Davis. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Ryan Davis doesn’t think he’ll need long to get in game shape.

The newest member of the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line believes he could be ready to go for this Sunday’s game at Washington.

“I think I can get acclimated pretty quickly,” Davis said. “It’s just about getting familiar with the playbook.”

Davis signed with the Cowboys on Tuesday, and was working with the second-team defensive line in the early portion of Thursday’s practice that was open to reporters.

Davis spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars before being cut earlier this month, and then went to the Cowboys because of the opportunity to play under defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Davis spent much of his professional career with a Marinelli disciple in Joe Cullen during his days with the Jaguars.

“Really like his coaching style, the way he gets after it,” Davis said of Marinelli.

Davis becomes the most proven pass rusher on the Cowboys’ roster, too. He has 11 career sacks.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has the second-most with 10 1/2.

Davis is excited to join the Cowboys, although his pregnant fiancée might have been even more excited. Davis, who is from the Tampa area, grew up a Buccaneers fan, but his fiancée has always been a Cowboys fan.

“It’s a huge blessing playing for the greatest organization out there, you always hear about the Cowboys,” Davis said. “So to be a Cowboy is surreal.

“My pregnant fiancée and her dad, this is their favorite team, so she was jumping up and down – not too much, she was pregnant, but she was up and down when I signed. So it’s a blessing to be here and just happy to have a star on the side of my helmet.”

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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