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It’s Time To Give DL Tyrone Crawford His Credit

There's no doubt that is of the . And, of course, this praise is deserved. Lawrence is the top dog among this pass rushing group, and is on pace to once again lead the team in for 2018.

Lawrence is not the only having himself a good year, however. And while Dallas boasts the names of players such as and , it's been a more under-the-radar lineman who's been second best to Lawrence.

That player is veteran defensive and end .

Often criticized because of his lucrative contract, Tyrone Crawford had become sort of a punchline among the fanbase in recent years. But with his play this season Crawford has proved to be worth the price Dallas is paying, even if his contract number is still high.

So far this season Tyrone Crawford has 30 tackles, 4 for loss, 4.5 sacks, and 11 hits. These numbers make him second on the team to only DeMarcus Lawrence in both sacks and quarterback hits, showing just how disruptive he has been on the year.

Even when he's not filling the stat sheet Crawford proves how valuable he is to the as a whole. A Swiss-Army knife type of defensive lineman, Crawford can move through all four positions on the line without looking out of place. No, he doesn't have the power of a traditional tackle or the burst of a pass rushing end, but he is just an all-around solid football player who makes his presence felt every week.

Last week, during the Cowboys' dominating defensive performance over the , Tyrone Crawford only finished with 4 tackles, but each seemed to come during a massive moment in the game.

Following 's fumble the Saints had a big fourth and goal from inside the Cowboys' 2 yard line. Normally, this situation is an inevitable touchdown for the Saints, but thanks to the combination of Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence (as well as Vander Esch of course), Dallas stood tall and made the goal line stop.

As can be seen in the , Crawford does a fantastic job of stoning the offensive lineman and knocking him off balance. This helps to create penetration and force to look for a cutback lane. Thanks to Lawrence and Vander Esch on the backside, however, there is no cutback lane to be found.

This is unbelievable in a huge spot, and it's Tyrone Crawford who led the way.

Not only is Crawford a valuable member of this defense on the field, but his can't be understated either. A captain once again in 2018, Tyrone Crawford is respected by his teammates on both sides of the ball.

And it's time that as a fan base we recognize how Crawford is performing as well.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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