Aug 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli talks with the defensive line on the sidelines during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive Line (9)
Rod Marinelli is starting Greg Hardy, Tyrone Crawford, Nick Hayden, DeMarcus Lawrence, with Randy Gregory and Jeremy Mincey rotating in. These six players are absolute locks. Terrell McClain is capable of playing both DT spots with consistent success. His versatility there locks him in as the #7 defensive linemen.
If Greg Hardy accepts his 4-game suspension, he starts the season suspended, so he will not count against the 53. If Hayden and McClain stay healthy through Hardy’s suspension, Bishop may be expendable since he’s a 1 tech DT with little versatility.
The fringe players are Bishop, Russell, Coleman, and Jack Crawford. All will have to prove their worth to make the 53 and stay on the roster. Ryan Russell has the size and ability to make the team, but his motor is questionable. If he gives less than 100%, you can bet Rod Marinelli won’t have much time for him.
Jack Crawford has been practicing at DE as well as 3-tech DT. He’s someone coaches seem to like, but may be found on the outside looking in when all is said and done. Davon Coleman is a talented player capable of playing 3-technique behind Tyrone Crawford. He needs to maintain health and consistency, but for now, he’ll edge out Jack Crawford.
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