Stephen Paea – One Technique, Defensive Tackle
Of the free agent acquisitions made this offseason, Paea might prove to be the most important.
He was a second round pick by the Bears, while current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli held the same position in Chicago.
Marinelli had a good history with Paea, which is why Dallas targeted him in free agency.
Paea is a short and stocky defensive tackle, perfect for the one technique position. He has incredible strength and can get under offensive linemen.
During his first training camp as a Cowboy, Paea has given his All-Pro teammates fits. During Wednesday’s practice, DallasCowboys.com’s Bryan Broaddus observed the following.
"Stephen Paea continues to be a problem for the interior of the Cowboys offensive line. His power and quickness have been impressive as he deals with Travis Frederick and Zack Martin. During the “play it out period,” Ezekiel Elliott took a handoff coming to his left and was met in the backfield by Paea before he had a chance to even think about making a cut. Paea had beaten Frederick so quickly off the line, Elliott just stepped in his tracks."
Paea has gotten most of the first team reps as the one technique. Hopefully, he’ll play as well as he’s been practicing and solidify the starting job.