After his introduction to the Dallas media on Thursday, new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan dismissed the idea that nose tackle Jay Ratliff would be moved to end, possibly in order to accommodate Shaun Rogers, who is currently on the market--and who spent the past two seasons under Ryan in Cleveland.
The new Cowboys defense czar is on record as being a big fan of Rogers’ talents, which caused some to wonder if a move might be made. But to the contrary, Ryan is already singing the praises of Ratliff the nose tackle.
"Oh no, he’s a defensive tackle for us," Ryan said of Ratliff, per ESPN Dallas. "He’s an excellent player. I can't wait to get to work with him. I already met him and what an encouraging thing that is. If they’re all like him, we’ll be in good shape."
Then, there are those who believe that Rogers could still fit in the Dallas scheme, as an end--he did play some end for Cleveland. But the veteran reportedly has no plans to visit Dallas, seemingly one of the few NFL cities not on Rogers’ itinerary. Ryan was noncommittal when discussing the possibility on Thursday.
"Shaun is a great player and he’s a super talent," Ryan said. "I’m sure he’ll have interest from a lot of folks."
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