Sam Young talks in Buffalo

September, 8, 2011
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IRVING - Sam Young played in only two games last season for the Cowboys. Young, a sixth-round pick, was behind Alex Barron as the Cowboys' swing tackle in 2010.

This summer, with Barron gone, Young was beaten out by Jermey Parnell for the swing tackle spot. Yes, Young did make the 53-man roster, but it was clear Parnell had a better camp and preseason. Young was later released as the Cowboys made some moves to the bottom of the roster.

The goal was to bring Young back to the team and add him to the practice squad, where the Cowboys have one spot left, but the Buffalo Bills claimed Young on Tuesday.

"I am trying to learn as fast as I can," Young told reporters in Buffalo on Wednesday. "A lot of new stuff flying at me but I am trying to come out here and do my job as best as I can."

Young did get better as a tackle, especially going against DeMarcus Ware in practice on a daily basis. Cowboys rookie right tackle Tyron Smith takes on Ware in practice every day and that's helped in his development.

"That was the best thing that ever happened to me was being able to go up against him and Anthony Spencer day in and day out," Young said. "He would bull rush me and then he would tell me exactly what he saw, so I am learning from him and bouncing ideas off of him. The guy is as good as it gets so it was a great opportunity for me to learn from him and really to improve."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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