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Play of the day: 30-year-old DeMarcus Ware still has it

7/31/2012

OXNARD, Calif. -- It’s safe to assume that the youngest player on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster didn’t make any old-man jokes on DeMarcus Ware’s 30th birthday.

Not after practice, at least.

On the first snap of team drills, Ware showed that he certainly hasn’t lost a step. He blew by 21-year-old left tackle Tyron Smith for what would have been an easy sack. Smith didn’t even get one of his big hands on Ware, who enters his eighth season a half-sack shy of triple digits for his career.

“He’s the best pass rusher in football, and I think every team in the league would say that,” defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. “I don’t think there is a scouting department in the whole league who would rather have a different pass rusher. This guy is phenomenal.”

The Cowboys hope that Smith, who is playing left tackle for the first time since high school, can learn a lot of lessons from competing against Ware during training camp.

One thing you can’t teach is the kind of explosiveness Ware still has with his first step.