The Cowboys are using the change-of-scenery theory with Drake Nevis.
Or maybe, change-of-defensive-line.
“Oftentimes, these defensive linemen get into systems that really suit them or maybe don’t suit them quite as much,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We feel like playing in this scheme, we can get him back to playing the way he played in college: coming off the ball, playing with good leverage and being a destructive force, both in the run game and pass game.”
Nevis was a third-round pick by Indianapolis in 2011. He played in 14 games with the Colts, three starts, and had 39 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup. The Colts released him at the end of camp this year, and the Chargers claimed him. He was inactive for two games with the Chargers and released.
At LSU, he had 139 tackles, 31.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
“He’s one of those guys that demonstrated a lot of ability to come off the ball, and explosiveness, when he was in college,” Garrett said. “Again, a guy that we liked coming out, we did a lot of work on, and you follow these guys’ careers.”
-- Carlos Mendez