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Week 7 Outlook
Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford spoke to DallasCowboys.com last week, telling them, “Surprisingly, I’m feeling great [in recovery from double hip surgery].”
The former 2012 third-round pick out Boise State has played seven seasons in the NFL, all for the Dallas Cowboys. He moved to right defensive end in 2016 after starting his career as a defensive tackle. He began finding more success as an edge rusher, on his way to a career total of 113 tackles and 23 sacks. He missed most of the 2019 season due to a hip issue dating back to the 2018 season. He opted for double hip surgery in October last year. Of the surgery and his current status, Crawford said, "obviously, double hip surgery is nothing to play around with. But I'm feeling awesome, ready to go.” Look for Crawford to settle back into a role as the right defensive end for a very good Dallas defense.
Tyrone Crawford ended Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins with one tackle and one sack.
In 2018, Crawford had 34 total tackles with 5.5 sacks. He can be left on waivers in all IDP leagues.
The original plan for Tyrone Crawford was to continue to play defensive end in 2018. However, the impressive play of Randy Gregory and lack of depth at defensive tackle forced the Cowboys to move Crawford inside. The only problem is, Crawford shed 15 pounds from his 2017 playing weight to better prepare himself to play defensive end.
Crawford spent a lot of time at defensive tackle early in his career, but has played more on the end the last couple seasons. While he acknowledges playing defensive tackle at 270-pounds is not ideal, he’s not too concerned. “You don't really want to be playing this at 270, but it is what it is,” Crawford said. “The difference about me being this weight and playing in there now is my shoulders are back. I feel good. I feel strong. I wasn't even benching 225 before. Now I'm back up to my max again. I feel good about this part of my game." Crawford will continue to be a key member of the Dallas defense.
Improved depth at defensive end has allowed the Cowboys to move Tyrone Crawford back inside from defensive end to tackle.
Specifically, the play of Randy Gregory has made the move possible. Gregory has exceeded the team’s expectations since returning from a one-year suspension. Crawford played a lot of defensive tackle early in his career, but has played more on the end the last couple seasons. “It gives us the best chance to get our best players on the field," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said of the move. Whether he’s playing tackle or end, Crawford figures to be a key player once again.
Tyrone Crawford had two sacks last night and has three sacks in the past three games; after having no sacks in his first 26 games, this output is huge for a Cowboys defense that ranks 28th in sacks.
Tyrone Crawford has been very active this season and it was a long journey to him recording sacks; his three sacks rank second on the team and he leads the defensive line with 19 tackles and five tackles for a loss. Crawford went from a reserve defensive lineman to a high impact starter and has been an instrumental part of a defense ranked 16th against the run. The Colts' offensive line is 12th in sacks allowed and is without a critical injury; Crawford, Jeremy Mincey, and Henry Melton have their work cut out for them and need to blitz effectively like they did against the Eagles.