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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Cowboys believe scheme helps Drake Nevis

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – For a couple of weeks, Drake Nevis was a member of the San Diego Chargers. He’s been with the Dallas Cowboys since Tuesday.

The Chargers play a 3-4 and Nevis played nose tackle. The Cowboys play a 4-3 and Nevis will play defensive tackle, so he has had to unlearn some things.

“Different style, but it’s something I’ve been a part of,” Nevis said. “It’s just a matter of repetition and getting it back.”

He played the 4-3 at LSU and as a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts, but has been out of position for a little while.

“He’s one of those guys that demonstrated a lot of ability to come off the ball and explosiveness when he was in college,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Oftentimes these defensive linemen get into systems that really suit them or maybe don’t suit them quite as much. We feel like playing in this scheme we can get him back to playing the way he played in college, coming off the ball, playing with good leverage and being a destructive force, both in the run game and pass game.”

At 310 pounds, Nevis gives the Cowboys a more traditional one-technique to play behind Nick Hayden. How long will it take for Nevis to be ready?

“Prayerfully, as quick as possible,” Nevis said. “Just a matter of getting back used to the weather and just go from there.”