The Dallas Cowboys made a move along the defensive line on Tuesday. They signed defensive tackle Drake Nevis who most recently had played with the San Diego Chargers, the Cowboys opponent this week. Nevis played college ball at LSU and was a third-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, where he played for two years before he was let go during the final cut-downs this year.
Although Nevis played in a 3-4 scheme for the Colts last season, he is more suited to the 4-3 scheme that Monte Kiffin runs in Dallas due to his explosive play. Both the Colts and the Chargers used him as a defensive end in their schemes but he does have experience playing inside; Drake was a defensive tackle at LSU where he was a 2010 first team All-American. According to former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus, Drake Nevis is a hard man to move in one-on-one situations and he will stand his ground and eat up blockers. This bodes well for his ability to fit in as a solid one-technique player along Rod Marinelli's defensive line. One major issue that the Cowboys may have to deal with is that Nevis has finished each of his two prior NFL seasons on injured reserve due to hand and back issues.
To free up a slot on the 53-man roster, the Cowboys released defensive tackle Jerome Long. This season Long had played a total of 46 snaps without recording a tackle. It was the second time that the team released Long. He had previously been released during roster cut downs, and was re-signed just prior to the opening night contest with the Giants.
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