As a former first round pick, there was a time when defensive end Marcus Spears didn’t have to sweat such things as job security and having to play against backups in a meaningless preseason games.
But those days are over and yes there Spears was in Monday’s preseason opener going deep in the game with the other players fighting for roster spots long after the starters and regulars had departed. He played well, registering four tackles.
An eight-year veteran, Spears was staple of the Cowboys starting defense from 2005-2010. He lost his started job last year and is coming to this season fighting for his football survival against the improving Sean Lissemore, third-round pick Tyrone Crawford, veteran Kenyon Coleman and Clifton Geathers.
“You have to prove yourself every year,” Spears said. “But this year I’m an eight year guy. We got a third round pick and a lot of guys in the room who can play. I have to perform the best I can and let the chips fall where they may. I’m going to keep grinding and see what happens.”