One of the most impressive players during organized team activities for the Cowboys has been Terrell McClain.The defensive tackle hasn’t started an NFL game in three years. The Cowboys are his fourth team since Carolina took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.
The Cowboys liked him coming out of South Florida. They like what he’s flashed on tape. He was signed to see if that flash can become a consistent performance.
“He’s one of those guys who doesn’t say anything to anybody,’’ head coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s just quiet and goes to work every day.
“But he’s absolutely one of the guys who is showing up the most in these first eight OTA practices. He has great intensity in all that he does. He flashes some ability.
“We really like how he goes about his business.’’
McClain last played nose tackle in Houston’s 3-4 scheme. He will likely push Nick Hayden for the starting job as the one-technique tackle in the Cowboys 4-3 scheme. But with Henry Melton unable to practice in OTAs, McClain has been playing the 3-technique at defensive tackle and turning heads.
“He’s not the typical zero nose tackle in a 3-4 defense where he just sits over the center and two-gaps,’’ Garrett said. “That hasn’t been his mode since he’s been playing. He’s always been a guy who has been on an edge, being able to play up field a little bit.
“We’re definitely seeing some of that through these OTAs.’’