JOSH BRENT IS MAKING JAY RALIFF EXPENDABLE
This would not be a huge deal if not for the surprise development of Josh Brent at nose tackle. Ratliff is being slowly worked back from the preseason injury that kept him out of the first four games, but Brent has been very good in his place.
So good that Ratliff is better off, and may eventually be slotted for, passing downs only.
As good as Ratliff has been over the past four seasons his size, and the intensity at which he plays, made him ripe for a burnout. He was always smallish for nose tackle, and the nature of the position may have finally caught him.
Brent, however, has the classic 3-4 nose tackle body type and is making a difference in collapsing the pocket against the run. Against the Panthers he was a force in the middle, and often required more than one blocker.
A former 7th round draft pick out of the supplemental draft, Brent is becoming a major find for the Cowboys.
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