Dallas Cowboys

Tyrone Crawford feels like a ‘butterfly’ at defensive end

Tyrone Crawford is flexible in moving from inside to outside along D-line.
Tyrone Crawford is flexible in moving from inside to outside along D-line. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Tyrone Crawford didn’t take any practice reps at defensive end last week, but the Dallas Cowboys moved him there in the second half Sunday at Washington.

It paid off, too, as Crawford got his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 27-23 victory.

And that’s not to mention that Crawford came out of the game feeling much better than he does when he spends his day at his usual home as the three-technique tackle.

“I feel like I get hit by a bus [at the three-technique spot],” Crawford said, smiling. “And this time after the game, I feel like a fricken butterfly.

“That’s a great thing.”

Crawford sacked quarterback Kirk Cousins for an 8-yard loss on Washington’s final drive, turning a second-and-two into a third-and-10.

That’s the type of play the Cowboys expected Crawford to make from the interior as the under tackle, handing him a five-year, $45 million extension before last season.

But Crawford is more than happy to move outside when asked and has shown an ability to play every position along the line.

Crawford expects to work some at right and left end this week in practice, although his primary position will remain as the three-technique tackle.

“I’ve played the whole line every year, so it happens,” Crawford said. “If we don’t have enough at one position or we need me to go out there, I’m always down to go out there. I do it. It is what it is.

“The hardest part is trying to remember the assignments. That’s it.”