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Last Time Out: A Look At The Many DE Pass Rushers
(Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the DallasCowboys.com position series, here’s a look back at how each player performed last season. Today’s piece features the quarterbacks.)
Anthony Spencer:A knee injury early in training camp lingered even into the regular season, limiting Spencer to just one game before it was determined he needed microfracture knee surgery, which landed him on IR for most of the year.
George Selvie: One of the most surprising performances by any player last year. After arriving early in camp just to fill out the roster, Selvie became one of the best players on the line. His career-high seven sacks even bested DeMarcus Ware’s output in 2013.
Tyrone Crawford: He didn’t make it one practice in Oxnard last year before an Achilles injury ended his entire season. The Cowboys were hoping for big things out of Crawford last year and that hasn’t changed heading into this season.
Jeremy Mincey: Mincey began his sixth year in the pros in Jacksonville, but was released in December for a variety of reasons. He landed on his feet with the Broncos and was a rotational player en route to the Super Bowl. Mincey had a sack in the playoffs against the Chargers, giving him two sacks in four career postseason games.
Caesar Rayford: Rayford shined with the Colts in the preseason last year but it didn’t carry over in Dallas after the Cowboys traded a seventh-round pick for him. He played in just seven games but mostly on special teams and didn’t record a stat.
Martez Wilson: Wilson joined the team late in the season and only played in a couple of games. He did record one quarterback pressure in the Thanksgiving Day game against the Raiders. He’s still making the transition from linebacker to end.
DeMarcus Lawrence: Lawrence led Boise State in sacks for the second straight year in 2013, recording 10.5 for the Broncos. That was a slight improvement from his junior season when also led the squad with 9.5 sacks. Lawrence also led the team last season with 20.5 tackles for loss.
Ben Gardner:Still earned All-Pac 12 honors at Stanford as a senior, despite missing the final three games due to injury. Gardner finished
Dartwan Bush: Battled through injuries last year at Texas Tech, which cost him three games. Finished with five tackles for loss and three sacks.
Scout’s Take– Bryan Broaddus on what he’s looking for in 2014: You will hear the phase “Attack in Waves” a bunch in the next few weeks from this front office and coaching staff as we work our way through training camp. There was a clear effort in the offseason to try and not only add quality players, but build depth as well. The player that I am most interested in seeing how he progresses in camp is Martez Wilson. There is something about his game that makes me believe that he has a chance to excel playing as a defensive end, despite how he views himself as a linebacker. During the early sessions of OTA and minicamp, he was playing strictly on that right side, but as those final practices were taking place, he was getting action on the left as well. When these coaches start moving a player around, it just tells me that they are interested in trying to find him a place to play and want to make him part of the rotation. When I study Wilson’s game, the trait that jumps out on tape is his quickness. He has shown the ability in these practices to get on the blocker putting pressure on them. Where he has the least amount of experience is with his pass rush moves, but you can see that working with Leon Lett has put him on the right path for development.