Tyrone Crawford is getting ready for a huge season in 2016. With Demarcus Lawrence coming into his second season and the addition of Greg Hardy, Crawford looked to be the guy from the interior to wreak havoc on opposing linemen. While Lawrence did his best to bring the pressure from the outside, Hardy didn’t bring the impact most expected of him. He did however command a lot of attention when he was on the field allowing for more one on one matchups for the other quarterback hunters.
Now as one of the leaders of the defense and with the suspensions of Randy Gregory and Lawrence, the defense is looking to him to get them through the first quarter of the season. The Dallas Cowboys went out and selected Maliek Collins to create pressure from inside as well as Charles Tapper to come from the edge. The edition of former NFC East rival Cedric Thorton will help the interior and Benson Mayowa to provide depth. So with that said it is time for Crawford to make his impact.
There are whispers of Crawford moving to the edge to create disruption. He was originally drafted out of Boise State to do just that when the Cowboys were still utilizing the 3-4 defensive scheme. The move inside was a necessary one with the limited impact the defense received from free agent Henry Melton who was coming off of an injury. Crawford excelled once he was given the role. Most likely one can expect him to play the left end (strong side) position. He can be a real tough draw for opposing blockers to move with his bull-like strength.
Tyrone Crawford said at the end of last season he couldn’t bench 225 pounds because of his shoulder injury. Now, he’s maxing at 450
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 18, 2016
What was baffling regarding Crawford’s play last season was how he performed post injury. During week two against the Eagles, Crawford tore his rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Before the injury he only had one sack that came against the New York Giants in the season opener. Following the injury Crawford posted 32 tackles and four sacks while never missing a game.
Orlando Scandrick’s return is a spark in the secondary but Tyrone Crawford is the key for the Cowboys up front. Moving him from inside won’t be detrimental to front four with the depth this team has.