ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 23: Tyrone Crawford #70 of the Dallas Cowboys and Miles Austin at Cowboys Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
While bemoaning the losses of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher and possibly Anthony Spencer you probably forgot a name that could go a long way toward filling their void:
Makes sense, because so far the third-round pick in 2012 has had a forgettable NFL career. As a rookie he played sparingly in 16 games at defensive end, failing to record a sack. And last year – snap – tore his Achilles tendon during the first day of training camp.
But as the Cowboys are rebuilding their defensive line with the likes of George Selvie and Henry Melton and Jeremy Mincey, they could certainly use a boost from the return of Crawford.
After last summer’s season-ending surgery, he’s back working out at Valley Ranch and should be able to participate full-speed at training camp.
The Cowboys still love Crawford’s athleticism and versatility, with the ability to play some tackle or some end. At this point healthy bodies along the defensive line are an asset. Especially ones whom the Cowboys thought so highly of not that long ago like Crawford.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.