Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Versatile Durant gives Cowboys options
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
Justin Durant said he learned soon after arriving in the NFL that versatility equates to a long career.
That approach has earned Durant, who played some strongside linebacker last season, a starting job with the Dallas Cowboys. It'll take another week or so to learn whether he'll be starting at weakside or middle linebacker.
"Wherever they need me is fine," he said. "They're all a little different. Strongside is the unglamorous spot because you're playing the run and battling those tackles and tight ends. Middle linebacker is nice because you're making the calls and you feel like it's your defense. And weakside is fun because you just chase the ball and make plays."
The Cowboys would prefer for Rolando McClain to earn the job at middle linebacker so Durant could play weakside linebacker, which is considered his best position.
He played in just 10 games last season, starting six, after signing a two-year, $1.96 million deal with the Cowboys. He's poised to have a much bigger role this season.
"Wherever they need me is fine," he said. "I just want to be on the field helping us win games."