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August 12, 2011

A quicker Jason Hatcher is benefiting from Rob Ryan's defense

Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher is admittedly quicker than he was last season thanks to the extra work he did in the offseason.
Hatcher has been a terror since returning to the Cowboys a week into camp after signing a free agent contract.
He took the flashes he showed in practice to the field in the preseason against the Broncos He had four tackles and had a number of hits on the quarterback. His pressure resulted in an interception that was nullified by an interference penalty.
Hatcher said a change in position and a change in coaching philosophy has helped produce positive results.
He is playing right end rather than left end as he did the past few years under Wade Phillips. New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's scheme also allows him to get after the quarterback and make plays rather than read and react.
"It allows me to do more things, use my athletic ability and get off the ball not read blocks just get off the ball," Hatcher said. "I get to make plays. That is what I'm asked to do. Nothing against Wade's defense but this defense is more active. You don't know who is coming. It allows you to play ball."
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