It was about a year ago that Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford suffered a torn achilles on the first day of training camp, ending his 2013 season before it ever got started. Crawford acknowledges that missing last season has proved a real setback this offseason, but he’s confident it’s just a matter of time before he shakes the rust off.
“Yeah, in a way just being as rusty as I was my rookie season, definitely don’t feel as good as I did last year during OTAs time,” Crawford told Bryan Broaddus of the team’s official website. “But that has to do with just being out for a year, not getting off the ball, not playing against an offensive lineman. It’s going to take some time but it’s getting better and better every day and I’m enjoying it.”
Broaddus asked Crawford, who goes into the 2014 campaign with just 20 career tackles, if the coaches had given him any indication as to where they’d be using him next season--he can play both end and tackle.
“I thought they did and then I got confused again, so not yet. But I’m sure here eventually, pretty soon I’ll sit down with coaches and see exactly,” he said. “... whatever I am playing I just want to focus there. I can do both but I want to get better at the tackle. Right now my upside is the end. I do want to get better rushing from the tackle spot, but I want to get better rushing at the end, too.”
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