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March 27, 2014

Cowboys want to pick a defensive line spot soon for Tyrone Crawford, Garrett says

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are going to try to pick a position soon for Tyrone Crawford, who missed all of last season because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the first practice of training camp.

“That is a great question,” Garrett said at the owners meetings in Orlando, asked if Crawford would be an end or a tackle. “He has really good versatility. We are going to look at the landscape of our defensive line and see where he fits in. We really think he can play all four spots. We will use him in a couple of different spots certainly. We want to get him into a role, into a position where he is most comfortable and get his body right.”

Crawford was a third-round pick in 2012 out of Boise State. He played in 16 games as a rookie, finishing with 20 tackles, and he went into camp last year projected as the backup defensive end on the left side. But his season ended before it began.

“He will probably be a bigger guy and weigh a little more if he plays inside,” Garrett said. “He will be a lighter guy if he plays outside. Even if he plays outside, we will probably use him inside in certain situations. We will make that determination here relatively soon. We have talked about this as a staff and with him a little bit. And depending on who else we have in that landscape, we will probably pick a lane with him and see where we want to start with him and see how he adjusts to it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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