Dallas Cowboys

Tyrone Crawford working on becoming a great under tackle now that he knows what he is

Tyrone Crawford, shown celebrating a sack against the Redskins last year, has a defined position now.
Tyrone Crawford, shown celebrating a sack against the Redskins last year, has a defined position now. AP

A year ago, Tyrone Crawford was returning from a torn left Achilles. After Crawford missed the entire 2013 season, which featured the team’s return to a 4-3 defense, the Cowboys weren’t sure of his position in the Tampa 2.

End? Nose tackle?

They expected Henry Melton to be their starting 3-technique but decided to try Crawford inside with Melton. Instead, Crawford won the job and now stands as one of the defensive linemen the Cowboys are counting on after letting Melton.

“I changed up the way I work out, the different things I can do, different things I can focus on knowing where I’m going to be,” Crawford said of having a set position. “It’s good for me.”

Crawford’s off-season work has revolved around becoming a better 3-technique instead of trying to figure out where he’s going to play next season.

“I’ve worked out to the position,” Crawford said. “So I’ve worked out working quicker rushes, inside rushes. I know what I do now. So, that’s just how I worked out in the off-season, just the things that I do for tackle, working on them a lot more. Repping them out.”

Crawford recorded 37 tackles, three sacks and 29 quarterback pressures last season. The Cowboys had only 28 sacks as a team but have several new additions, including ends Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy.

“Pass rush is definitely going to be an improvement from last year,” Crawford said. “…It’s going to be a great year.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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