News: DC.COM: DE Crawford (Calf) Working To Catch Up After Missing Summer

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    Josh Ellis Staff Writer

    Well after most Cowboys players and coaches had left the Valley Ranch practice field following the first practice of rookie camp on Wednesday, defensive line coach Brian Baker remained on the field, giving technique pointers to third-round pick Tyrone Crawford.

    The end missed all 11 on-field sessions with veterans this summer due to a calf injury, and realized he was a bit behind. When Baker finally dismissed him, the coach told Crawford that breaking his bad habit on the first step out of a three-point stance will only take about 5,000 repetitions.

    “I need them,” Crawford said following his first workout since the team’s initial rookie mini-camp, held a week after the NFL Draft.

    The 22-year-old from Boise State is the highest defensive line draft pick for the Cowboys since Jason Hatcher in 2006, and figures to be a part of the rotation at end, perhaps sliding inside on passing downs, but only if he can get up to speed quickly. Wednesday was the first of many steps he will have to take before he’s ready.

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