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August 11, 2012

Nose tackle Josh Brent says surgery recovery made him a better technique player

Nose tackle Josh Brent is looking forward to Monday night, not only to play, but to see how the new techniques he learned post-knee surgery will work in a game.

He said he has gone from relying strictly on strength to playing precisely.

“Coming off the surgeries from this past offseason, I had to be a lot more technical learning how to play lower,” he said. “New range of motion. Actually having those surgeries made me learn how to play more technical instead of using brute strength.”

Which is not to say Brent, a third-year player out of Illinois, can’t use brute strength. He’s 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds, and his job is to hold the middle of the line.

But as he has played with more technique, he has become a better defender, he says.

“I definitely think playing against the run, first and second down, is probably one of my strengths, where I excel the best,” he said. “Having to work a little harder coming off the surgeries helped.”

Brent was a supplemental draft pick in 2010. He has played in 27 games for the Cowboys and made 30 tackles. He missed the last five games last year with a knee injury and underwent surgery for it in January.

“Three years of experience, you expect a lot of things,” he said. “Having that 6-10 season my rookie year and then 8-8 last year, it’s learning how not to lose. So coming in this year, it’s a totally different mentality. Practicing how to win.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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