Saturday, June 8, 2013
Durant comfortable with the defense
By Calvin Watkins
Of the free agent signings by the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, outside linebacker Justin Durant could be the biggest. Durant was signed as a veteran to compete with Alex Albright for the other outside linebacker spot.
"I'm pretty comfortable," Durant said about getting to know the defense. "It's a little different from the schemes that I ran before. Just language and different ways of playing certain techniques. I'm getting it pretty good, there are certain principles that I know, I just have to get the minor details that certain coaches want me to do."
Durant should have a familiarity with the 4-3 defense because he played against current Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, when he was the defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.
"So, I know the way he coaches and I like everything the way he did with those guys," Durant said. "A top five and ten defense every year. I'm just excited to be apart of it."
Durant should be a solid pickup for the Cowboys given the youth with the other two starters in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Having a veteran player such as Durant can't hurt a defense in need of playmakers.