All throughout training camp 2013, then-Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware dominated left tackle Tyron Smith in practice.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. Ware departed Dallas after the 2013 season for the Denver Broncos and Smith has continued to grow as a player. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014, and earned All-Pro honors for his work this past season.
Since leaving, Ware has watched Smith’s development from afar.
“He’s not the same guy,” Ware said. “Actually, he is the same dude, but just smarter. Just more experienced. He does everything more consistently. He does everything the right way and does it all consistently. Some guys will overcompensate things in their stance. But he makes the pass sets look like run. He makes the run sets look like pass. You don’t know what they’re doing.”
Now, Ware is glad he doesn’t have to go against Smith in practice.
“I saw a couple of times this year where he would punch (block) a couple of guys at the snap and I was like, ‘Man, I’m glad that’s not me,’” Ware said. “He punched Jared Allen once against the Bears and another time I remember. I’m so glad I don’t have to go through that every day.”
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