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Sean’s Scout: DT Brian Price Adds Strength, Versatility to Cowboys Defense

While it was the performances of last season and through this that allowed the Cowboys to move on from DT yesterday – who still had three years remaining under contract with the Cowboys – the team was able to replace Thornton with cheaper and younger depth on the by claiming .

Out of local UTSA, Price spent his first season in the NFL with the in 2016. Appearing in just one regular season game, Price joins the Cowboys with limited experience but plenty of traits to match his ready-to-play size and make an impact for as a true 1T .

After gathering as much film as I could on Price, here is his full in another edition of Sean's Scout:

DT Brian Price: Strengths

At 6'3″ and 322 pounds, Price is understandably limited as a true pass rusher – making up for any technical flaws in his game with a fantastic first step, above average power, and consistently good pad level.

Price will not only hold the line of scrimmage with a strong base, but showed the ability against the Lions to be a down the line player with adequate hand play to disengage blockers and finish at the football.

Versatility will be key for Price with the Cowboys, as the subtle differences between lining up as a true , a one technique, or shade nose did little to affect his ability to free up defenders around him to make plays.

With being the key player on the Cowboys' defensive interior, playing the most important spot in Marinelli's scheme as a 3T DT, the role of these 1Ts is never going to be a flashy one. Brian Price is far from a flashy , but he consistently fulfills his assignment with a high motor and improving technique.

DT Brian Price: Weaknesses

One area I would like to see Price improve in as a rusher is with his hands and counter moves. Price would have more opportunities to finish plays at the line of scrimmage if he was better at discarding his blockers after consistently knocking them off balanced with his power.

On snaps where Price's hand placement and play is poor he will occasionally get steered out of plays by a blocker working inside of his massive frame.

DT Brian Price: Summary

On paper, the Cowboys may not have overwhelmingly upgraded their pass rusher heading into the , but I do believe they took significant steps in assuring their rushing will again be stout.

Stephen Paea has performed better than anyone could have expected at the 1T position, and the 23-year-old Brian Price projects as a similar player that will factor into the rotation inside.

It may take a few weeks into the season for to notice Price, but his impact is sure to be felt along the line of scrimmage with his anchoring ability and burst – along with anytime Collins, , or run free to make a play from the inside.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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