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Which other defensive players should play on offense?

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By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com So, JJ Watt thinks he can play on offense and now he wants to become a skill player, huh? Sounds about right. Does he want Gary Kubiak and Co. to build a special package for him, too? You gotta love his passion to win and willingness to do just about anything to make his team better. Anyway, Watt’s bold proclamation got us thinking about which other defensive players we would like to see on offense. Here it goes: Mario Williams The Bills defensive end had a nice first season in Buffalo, racking up 10.5 sacks but he can do so much more for the six-year, $100 million contract he inked in 2012. Doug Marrone might as well take advantage of his 6-foot-6 frame and make him a red zone target. Likely starting quarterback EJ Manuel has some playmakers on the outside, but none who can leap up and win a one-on-one jump ball situation. Get this man on the JUGS machine and let him go to work. Patrick Peterson Now, this is a very good possibility. Reports have emerged out of Arizona that Bruce Arians has been tinkering around with Peterson on offense, and why not? Peterson is one of the most explosive players in the NFL. Period. He’s a natural athlete with blazing speed. Put the ball in his hands and special things will happen. Richard Sherman Let’s not pretend like Sherman isn’t already one of the most celebrated players at his position. Sherman nabbed eight interceptions last season, so he clearly knows how to win one-on-one matchups. At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, the Seahawks’ smack-talking cornerback could become a stretch-the-field threat for Russell Wilson. DeMarcus Ware Tony Romo has a reliable tight end in Jason Witten, but the Cowboys lack an elite No. 2 player at the position. Dallas drafted Gavin Escobar, who has a ton of potential, in April and James Hanna is still on the squad, but Ware’s freakish size and strength would be sure to give linebackers and nickel corners headaches. Ndamukong Suh Imagine the Lions defensive tackle paving lanes for Reggie Bush at the goal line. Suh is a nasty player and will gladly knock the snot out of an opposing defender. Sign this man up. Antonio Cromartie Santonio Holmes is sidelined with injury. Stephen Hill continues to work on his technique. Jeremy Kerley has potential. Clyde Gates has flashed at camp. And other than that, there aren’t really any lethal weapons in the Jets offense. Although this play was nearly SEVEN years ago, Cromartie clearly has a nose for the end zone. Just watch: Janoris Jenkins Rookie seasons don’t get much better than what Jenkins did in his first season in St. Louis. Although he didn’t win defensive rookie of the year, he showed why he was worth a second-round pick in 2012. Jenkins is a quick, undersized and get breakaway from defenders. Have a look at a pick-6 from his days in Gainesville. Questions? Comments? Send them to lacesoutmail@gmail.com and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!