Due to injury, suspension, and roster formation it’s fair to say that the Dallas Cowboys have a bit of a defensive tackle problem. Of course, some of this is due to their own choices.
The Cowboys have consistently disregarded the 1-technique position, prioritizing other areas on the defense over a true 1-tech. Whether or not you agree with this approach doesn’t matter much at this point, though, as the Cowboys are who they are for 2018.
With David Irving facing suspension and Maliek Collins dealing with injuries, the Cowboys need a lesser-known defensive tackle to step up. Most fans have put their attention onto Jihad Ward and Datone Jones, but Brian Price is the one making a name for himself thus far in training camp.
According to reports, Brian Price has been giving All Pro center Travis Frederick some fits during one-on-one drills. As a former offensive lineman myself I feel obligated to point out that these one-on-ones clearly favor defensive linemen, but Price being able to hold his own against Frederick is impressive nonetheless.
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At 6’3″ and 318 pounds Brian Price looks like the ideal 1-technique in the Cowboys defensive scheme. The former undrafted free agent is entering his 3rd season in the NFL, and with increased opportunity he has shown some promise for the Cowboys.
At his core, Brian Price is a run-stuffing nose tackle who can take on and eat up blocks. He can be used as the perfect body in the middle of a defense to free up those athletic linebackers behind him, allowing for them to fly around and make plays. He’s been credited with some TFLs thus far in camp as well, which is a very positive sign moving forward.
Though someone his size wouldn’t often be thought of as a pass rusher, it’s encouraging to see him have success during pass rush drills. He’s clearly working hard to perfect his craft and his giving the coaches a reason to believe in him.
Early on in camp Brian Price is staking his claim in the starting 1-technique spot for week one against the Carolina Panthers.