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Ferguson getting it done

I've been singing the praises of Jason Ferguson, the man in the middle and the anchor of our defensive front seven, for the last few weeks. Now the DMN is getting in on the act, dedicating an article to the big man in the middle.

One of the keys to the Cowboys making the 3-4 defensive scheme work is nose tackle Jason Ferguson.

At 6-3 and 310 pounds, the interior lineman doesn't get as much exposure as some of the more glamorous defensive positions - such as cornerback, safety and end - but that doesn't mean he's not making an impact.

Ferguson has six tackles through two games.

"He's doing his thing right now," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "I think Jason is one of the leaders on this defense in stopping the run."

Ferguson is flourishing in his second year in Dallas. His contributions sometimes go unnoticed until you take a closer look when breaking down the film. Ferguson, along with Bradie James and Akin Ayodele, has shut down the middle as a running option for opposing offenses. The Cowboys keep him fresh through the game by rotating him out on the nickel defense, where Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher man the DT's positions. Since we don't have a true backup for Ferguson, Ratliff has had to fill that role.

Punter Mat McBriar gets some love from Nick Eatman in a long article.

Through the first two games, the Cowboys punter has been just short of spectacular. He not only has three punts longer than 60 yards and two punts downed inside the 20, but he has flipped the field position on just about every punting opportunity.

And to top it off, head coach Bill Parcells is already singing his praises, suggesting last week that McBriar is punting as well as, if not better than, any punter in the league.

McBriar entered the weekend leading the NFL with a 50.8 punting average.

Remember RB Preston Pearson? You can catch up with him in this article from the DMN.