The Dallas Cowboys are looking for anybody to step up and provide stability to their young and unproven defensive line. Tyrone Crawford is a guy who can provide quality play and depth to the line. He can finally show he’s ready to live up to expectations.
Crawford is very athletic. He’s strong and can get off the ball quickly. He can turn that speed into power as he maneuvers around or through the defender. He has long arms which allows him to engage with other linemen without letting them dictate his route to the quarterback or ball carrier.
He’s a playmaker who just hasn’t had the time to develop due to injury. He’ll finally get his chance this year. He will likely get looks at both defensive tackle and end spots. That’s partly because of his versatility, but also because the Cowboys need depth at multiple positions.
Dallas can look at safety Barry Church as an example of what can happen when a player is finally healthy. Like Crawford, Church tore his Achilles two seasons ago. He came back last season and had 135 tackles, five for loss, an interception and three forced fumbles, one of which he took back for a touchdown.
Many critique the line because of the players they lost. They look at a roster of unproven players and expect very little. It’s up to them to make believers out of the public. Coach Rod Marinelli can find ways to put Crawford in positions to make quality plays because he has a history of doing so.
Church is the proof that Crawford can use to become the next young standout for the Dallas defense. He and the Cowboys need him to take full advantage of this opportunity.