Hatcher: Bass 'is going to be the reason I'm playing on a different team next year'

BY foxsports • July 26, 2013

OXNARD, Calif. – With starting defensive linemen Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer missing at least the next few weeks with injuries, and top defensive end reserve Tyrone Crawford out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, the Dallas Cowboys have turned to Ben Bass to become the club's first team defensive end opposite of DeMarcus Ware.

Bass, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, worked at that spot throughout Wednesday's morning and afternoon practice sessions.

"Bass has it all," Cowboys starting defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. "Bass is going to be the reason I'm playing on a different team next year. He's coming on. He's coming on. I just have to keep my job security, keep playing my butt off."

Bass, 23, entered camp as a tackle but has been moved to end because of the team's depth issues. Hatcher is in the final year of his current contract. At 31, Hatcher realistically could be playing for another franchise in 2014.

"I don't really care about that," Hatcher said. "I just want to play football. I'm not even thinking about that really. At the end of the day, if I can play here or there, I don't really care. I just want to play football. I love playing football. I don't give a crap where I'm playing. I'll play out there in the parking lot. I love playing football."

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