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2012 Cowboys Offseason: Jay Ratliff To Stay At Nose Tackle

Part of what has made Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff a productive player over his career has been his versatility and his ability to generate pressure from the interior of the defensive line.

His skill set suggests that he could also be used effectively from the defensive end spot in the Cowboys' 3-4 front, although recent remarks from his position coach (as relayed by Dan Graziano via Calvin Watkins of ESPN), Brian Baker, lead us to believe he isn't going anywhere.

Baker says that the team might explore the possibility of resting Ratliff on first and second down in order to preserve his energy, but he'll continue to take every third down repetition because of his ability to rush the passer from that spot, "He will take all the third downs unless somebody proves they're a better pass rusher inside. Until that happens, if he's getting a little worn we'll save him for third down."

For all the latest news and notes about the Cowboys off-season, check out the SB Nation Dallas storystream as well as Blogging The Boys.

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