Aug 13, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive endGreg Hardy
(left) works against San Diego Chargers tackleKing Dunlap
(77) during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Defensive Line (9)
The Cowboys primary starters on the defensive line are Greg Hardy, Tyrone Crawford, Nick Hayden, and DeMarcus Lawrence. Randy Gregory and Jeremy Mincey the secondary players rotating in and figure to get substantial playing time in 2015. These six players are absolute locks. Terrell McClain is capable of playing both DT spots with consistent success. As long as he can get healthy soon, his versatility 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. Ken Bishop has been strong as a pocket-pushing 1-technique DT. He’s both the most unique and the least versatile defensive linemen on the roster.
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, and after seeing him play on Thursday I can see why. Jack played with excellent burst, his quickness and power are perfect for the 3-tech, and the young Jack Crawford may be the perfect backup to starter Tyrone Crawford.
Davon Coleman just never seems to put it all together and deliver consistent performances. As of today, Coleman and Russell miss the cut and Crawford and Bishop make the cut.
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