Rookie defensive end Tyrone Crawford got into three plays against the Giants, 10 plays against Seattle, and he will probably get more this week against Tampa Bay considering the injuries to Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman.
But coach Jason Garrett indicated the third-round pick is earning more time regardless of injury.
“He’s growing, and he’s learning a lot, and you can really see his development on a daily basis, and so you really multiply that when you’re talking about playing a game against the opponents he’s working against this early in his career,” Garrett said. “He played more in the Seattle game than he did against the Giants, and we anticipate him getting more snaps as we go on here.”
Crawford got credit for an assisted tackle in the NFL’s play-by-play against Seattle, but the Cowboys do not have him listed in the stats they compile off game film.
Crawford played 10 snaps on special teams against New York and six against Seattle.
Crawford, cornerback Morris Claiborne and tight end James Hanna are the only players from this year’s draft contributing right now. Fourth-round picks Kyle Wilber (thumb) and Matt Johnson (hamstring) have been hurt, fifth-round pick Danny Coale is on the practice squad and seventh-round pick Caleb McSurdy (Achilles) is on injured reserve.
-- Carlos Mendez