Ratliff’s Out, So What’s Left? Scouting The Cowboys “Scrubs”

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Edgar Jones – backup left defensive end

The Cowboys traded for Jones a week before the season opener, sending a 2014 sixth round pick to Kansas City for Jones and a seventh-round pick. In six seasons for the Ravens and Chiefs, Jones distinguished himself on special teams, but saw little work as a pass rusher. That appears to be the focus of his role for the Cowboys this season as well, as he’s played just 68 snaps so far on defense.

Aug 30, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell (6) gets pressure from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Edgar Jones (71) at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

But perhaps Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli think they can get something more out of Jones. He was an elite college pass rusher, albeit in Division I-AA, at Southeast Missouri State, where he was a first-team All American and led the league in sacks his senior season. He was even named MVP of the division’s all star game, posting four sacks in a showcase contest for NFL scouts.

That said, all signs point to Jones being signed as a stud to shore up a special teams unit that was gashed in the preseason, and a warm body to occasionally spell the starters on defense.

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