(Editor’s Note: This is the ninth of an 11-part series examining and analyzing the main position groups for the Cowboys as they prepare for training camp. Today’s piece focuses on the linebackers.)
What’s the Deal?
While it’s not anything new, but the Cowboys once again must figure out a way to play without
Still Need to Find Out:
This section could be a book. The entire position has question marks and every player in the group having some sort of uncertainty surrounding him. Let’s start atop the depth chart with a guy like
The linebackers combined for just four sacks last season – two from Carter and two from Holloman. Wilber had two as a defensive end before he converted to an outside linebacker later in the season. To be an attacking defense that Rod Marinelli wants, the linebackers are going to be blitzing quite often. But it’s one thing to blitz and another to get home. That’s been a problem of this defense for several years – having effective blitzes. Lee rushed the passer rather well, but his absence puts an even greater emphasis on this unit to fly around the ball and be disruptive, especially when they’re attacking the quarterback.
Ready to Breakout?
One guy flying under the radar at linebacker, as well as this entire draft class is seventh-rounder
Scout’s Eye: Position Battles: Linebackers
There are a couple of different ways these defensive coaches can roll with these linebackers. My gut says that Bruce Carter and Kyle Wilber are going to be the starters on the outside but where this is where it can get a little tricky. Justin Durant has been running with the first team and rookie Anthony Hitchens with the twos while DeVonte Holloman has been playing outside.
Last Time Out:
For a look back at how the linebackers on the roster performed last year, click here.