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July 21, 2013

DeMarcus Ware thinks position change could extend his career

Dallas Cowboys "new" defensive end DeMarcus Ware has not played the position he was originally drafted as since he was at Troy back in 2005. He's been an outside linebacker since his rookie season in a 3-4 scheme. Now he's a defensive end in a 4-3.

"It's a little bit easier transition; now you are putting your hand in the dirt and you are pass rushing 99, we'll say 94 percent of the time," Ware said, whose jersey is No. 94. 

If this is the case, and he indeed will not be dropping into coverage scenarios nearly as much as he did previously in the old 3-4 scheme, he thinks this should extend his time in the NFL. He's been in the NFL for nine seasons, so maybe another three to five seasons is possible.

"At outside linebacker there are lot more moving parts and to me it's easier to get hurt," Ware said. "At defensive end, you're not moving as much. It's more technique. You're using savviness to make plays. I think being more fundamentally sound should keep me healthier during the season. I feel like this should extend my career."

 

- Mac Engel
Twitter @MacEngelProf 

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