Tyrone Crawford fits nicely at DT

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys drafted Tyrone Crawford to be a defensive end in the 3-4 defense.

When Jerry Jones made defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the scapegoat for the 8-8 record in 2012 and fired him, Crawford became a 4-3 defensive end in the new scheme.

Well, injuries this season forced him to move inside to defensive tackle and provide depth.

It might be his best position.

Crawford, using a combination of speed and power, played well against the Saints, finishing with two tackles, a quarterback hit and a pass deflection.

“We feel like he can play both and be a versatile guy for us,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He really responded well during the week of practice to that spot and carried that to the game, so it’s certainly a very viable option for us.

“He really affected the game. He was around the ball a lot, he was pushing the pocket. He was around the quarterback. He’s played inside in nickel situations, but that was the first extended time in the base defense playing there.”