The idea that the Cowboys’ Jay Ratliff might move from nose tackle to defensive end has been floating around for at least a year now, but according to the team, a position change isn’t likely in the cards for the Pro Bowler--at least, not at the moment.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones said this week that even if the team did move Ratliff to the edge in 2012, they would do so only occasionally, and on a very limited basis.
“I still see Ratliff as our starting nose tackle," Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. "Will he see action out there [at defensive end]? I mean you never totally rule it out, but right now we still see him as our nose.”
Undersized for his position, Ratliff has appeared in each of the past four Pro Bowls, dating back to 2008 when he recorded 7.5 sacks, but his sack total has decreased in each year since. In 2011, he got the quarterback just twice, while recording 38 tackles (six for a loss) and three pass deflections.
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