IRVING, Texas -- His position has been up in the air for most of the preseason, but with the NFL draft over and free agency all but settled, Tyrone Crawford has a home. Well, two homes.
Crawford, who did not play last year because of a torn Achilles suffered on the first day of training camp, will work as a backup 3-technique and a left defensive end.
Just like last year.
The Cowboys believe Crawford has the body type to handle both positions: strong enough to play inside and quick enough to play outside. Coach Jason Garrett has called that versatility Crawford's best asset.
As for his Achilles, Crawford is feeling good.
"I just want to strengthen it up," Crawford said. "Everything is healed. I'm doing all the workouts with the team and coach [Rod] Marinelli. We're out there together, and I've just been trying to get it back to 100 percent strength. I feel good. I feel fast. There's just a few things that bring back the pain."
Crawford is expected to be able to take part in the full offseason program. A year ago, safety Barry Church was able to return from a torn Achilles to start every game in 2013.
"I've just asked him for advice, asked how he felt at certain times, and we're pretty similar," Crawford said. "He says the pain is still there sometime, so that makes me feel more confident because I still have a lot of pain sometimes. Just knowing that it's not feeling like it was before the injury right away is comforting because I know I've got time to get back and be out there to where it was last year."