Cowboys’ Mid-Season Defensive Grades
DT Jay Ratliff: B
Ratliff may not have much left in the tank, as evidenced by his absence in the lineup for much of 2012. When playing, though, Ratliff has been pretty efficient. His tackle rate of 5.5 percent isn’t bad, and he’s pressured the quarterback on 5.7 percent of his pass rush snaps. He’s still getting pushed around a bit in the middle, but he’s also been able to make plays on a more consistent basis than in 2011.
DT Josh Brent: C
Brent offered the Cowboys a big body to anchor the middle of their defense while Ratliff was out, and he played decently. He doesn’t give you much as a pass-rusher, but his 5.1 percent tackle rate is just below that of Ratliff. With low expectations, it’s possible that people perceive Brent as excelling when he’s really playing average football.
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