Monday, August 15, 2011
Kenyon Coleman with first-team snaps
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have rotated their defensive linemen throughout camp. On Monday morning, newly signed defensive end Kenyon Coleman got some run with the first-team defense.
Defensive line coach Brian Baker has said he wants competition at all the defensive line spots because everyone at the position will get snaps.
"We're just doing different rotations," Coleman said after Monday's practice. "We're a rotating front. I'm not a coach. I don't know who’s where. It's Marcus [Spears], Igor [Olshansky] and Jay Ratliff and that's the way I look at it. The cool thing is we can all play."
Coleman said there's nothing to read into him getting snaps with the first team.
In practice, Coleman got snaps in place of Olshansky and both players are run stoppers. Yet Coleman has played for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Cleveland the last two seasons, so he has a better knowledge of the scheme.
"You get Kenyon Coleman, and the experience he has playing the defensive end position in this scheme we feel good about that," Jason Garrett said. "To add that to the group we already have, it's a good group that we have."