Tyrone Crawford Could Help Cowboys at DE

    With the still a question mark in Dallas, many are looking for other players to rise to the occasion. As and look at a four game , it may be the Cowboys’ best option to have the ’s most courageous player switch to .

    I call him courageous because following the 2014 season, he won the Ed Block Courage Award. The award goes to a player who exemplifies the principles of sportsmanship and courage. Other nominees included Patriots and Lions Calvin Johnson.

    has said he is willing to make the switch from to defensive end in order to help the team. The guy is courageous and a true team player? Get me a #98 jersey!

    TyroneCrawford98DE isn’t unfamiliar to Crawford because he began his career there in college before thriving at DT in the pros. Taken in the 3rd round of the 2012 Draft out of Boise State, Tyrone Crawford had just 20 tackles and 2 QB hurries in his rookie year.

    2014 is where he really broke out racking up 3 and 33 tackles. It was this season, the last of his rookie contract, that convinced the Cowboys to resign him.

    In 2015, Crawford recorded 15 QB hurries, 5 sacks and 35 tackles. His production has only gone up even with tearing his rotator cuff in his right shoulder of week 2 last season. He had 1 sack and 3 tackles , which means he recorded 4 sacks and 32 tackles with basically one arm.

    Just imagine the damage he could do when completely healthy. He is one of the few play makers on the defensive front and with his ability to play both inside and outside, Crawford might help the Cowboys by playing DE the first four weeks.

    But is it in the Cowboys’ best interest to move their most explosive defensive linemen just to fill the void of Gregory and Lawrence? There are other players, like and who could kick out to DE and may serve as very formidable pass rushers. That would let Tyrone Crawford, the Cowboys' best DT, play DT.

    However, in reference to possible players switching to DE, Coach  sees Tyrone Crawford as his “ace in the hole.” And other than DeMarcus Lawrence, Crawford is really the only other player to have extensive pass rush experience, making him the prime candidate to switch positions. More so, the addition of makes it easer to move Crawford to DE if need be.

    It’s not far fetched to think that the Cowboys might consider shifting Crawford to play  on the bookends of the defensive line, especially with a limited lineup. He may be the best option for the Cowboys while they wait for their suspended pass rushers to return.

    Dante Giannetta
    Dante Giannetta
    I was born and raised in New York state's Hudson Valley and now attend school in New Jersey. Although I live in Montclair, my heart will always have a soft spot for Dallas, Texas. As an intern for Inside the Star, I now have a legitimate reason for the Cowboys to consume my life. Before, I was just a Cowboy fan with no life ... and very concerned parents. When I'm not writing about the Cowboys, I enjoy reading, seeing plays, creative writing, watching TV, and making my friends and family laugh. Follow me on Twitter, so we can connect on all topics related to America's Team. How 'bout em!


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