Rookie DE Tyrone Crawford plays catch-up

IRVING, Texas -- For several minutes after the rest of the rookies headed inside, third-round pick Tyrone Crawford fired out of the three-point stance into a goalpost, working on technique under the supervision of defensive line coach Brian Baker.

As they walked off the field, Baker told the rookie that he’d need about 5,000 reps to break a bad habit on the first step out of his stance. Needless to say, the post-practice sessions will be part of the camp routine for Crawford, who figures he’ll also spend a lot of free time firing out of a three-point stance in his hotel room.

Crawford has a lot of catch-up work to do after missing all of the OTAs and the veteran minicamp with a strained calf.

“There was a little rust,” said Crawford, a defensive end out of Boise State. “I have to tune up, but anybody coming back is probably going to be like that. I’ll try to get it together this week and be ready for that first day (of training camp).”

The Cowboys list Crawford as 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, but he said he weighs 290 now. He plans to add five more pounds of bulk.

The calf injury kept Crawford from getting the full Mike Woicik experience in the weight room this summer.

“But I did as much as I can and felt like I didn’t slack,” Crawford said. “As soon as I was able to go, I went hard.”

Crawford will have to keep that up while playing catch-up and competing for a role as a rookie.