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Drafted in the first round (19th overall) by Dallas.
Leighton Vander Esch: Play Some Real Football
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his excitement to be practicing in pads again, what it takes to be an elite defense and more.
Leighton Vander Esch: The Culture and the Vibe
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts on the culture created by defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and what it will mean for the Cowboys defense this season.
CeeDee Lamb Joins the TD Party Via Wheel Route
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb joins the Cowboys touchdown party with an 18-yard catch that comes via a wheel route.
Leighton Vander Esch: I'm Ready
Lineback Leighton Vander Esch updates the media on his injury status and chances on returning to the inline up in time for the Playoffs and more.
Leighton Vander Esch Throws Reynolds to the Turf
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch throws Detroit Lions running back Craig Reynolds to the turf with a one-handed tackle.
Leighton Vander Esch Gets Cowboys' 6th Sack
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch swarms Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow for the Cowboys' SIXTH sack of the game.
Inside Access: Leighton Vander Esch Interception
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch intercepts a Justin Herbert pass attempt across the field.
Leighton Vander Esch: Helping The Young Guys
Now in his fifth season, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has taken on more of a leadership role on defense with time in the system.
Leighton Vander Esch: Getting In A Rhythm
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts winning the 2022 Reliant Home Run Derby, his second season under Dan Quinn and more.
Leighton Vander Esch with Huge 3rd-down Stop
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch REFUSES to let Deebo Samuel beyond chains on huge third-down stop.
Leighton Vander Esch Cashes in Tipped Pass for INT
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch cashes in a tipped pass for an interception.
Leighton Vander Esch Postgame Week 17 | #AZvsDAL
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts following a 25-22 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Leighton Vander Esch Postgame Week 9 | #DENvsDAL
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts following a 30-16 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Leighton Vander Esch: Different Dynamic
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch says you never know what you're going to get when you face a Bill Belichick-coached team.
Leighton Vander Esch Postgame Week 5 | #NYGvsDAL
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts following a 44-20 win over the New York Giants.
Leighton Vander Esch: Message From Jaylon
Leighton Vander Esch says former Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith left an encouraging message for the defense that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn shared with the group.
Leighton Vander Esch: Being A Good Teammate
LB Leighton Vander Esch talks about his expanded role with Keanu Neal ruled out for MNF vs the Philadelphia Eagles, his production with a lower snap count and more.
Leighton Vander Esch Postgame | Week 2
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts following a 20-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Leighton Vander Esch: Looking Forward to It
LB Leighton Vander Esch talk about practicing in the Texas heat as his team is preparing to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium and more.
Leighton Vander Esch Postgame | Preseason Week 2
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch shares his thoughts following a 20-14 preseason loss to the Houston Texans.
Leighton Vander Esch: It's Been Fun
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch talks about playing along side rookie LB Micah Parsons, becoming a leader in their position group and more.
Leighton Vander Esch: I've Got No Complaints
LB Leighton Vander Esch talks about the Cowboys not picking up his 5th-year option and having something to prove this year.
Leighton Vander Esch: I Trust In Their Plan
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch didn't have his fifth-year option picked up, but he says his relationship with the Jones family is "amazing" and he's looking forward to this season.
Throwback 30: Leighton Vander Esch
Before being drafted 19th overall by the Cowboys in 2018, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch participated in a pre-draft visit with the team. Here's a flashback to the Wolf Hunter's 30 visit.
17) How Starting Lineup Shakes Out at LB?
The linebacker spot is rather tricky because of the versatility and position flex that goes in and out of the position. Today's 20 Questions series involves trying to predict the starting lineup at linebacker.
LVE: Clark to Make 'Tremendous Strides' in 2023
It wasn't simply an impressive rookie debut for Damone Clark in 2022, it was one that nearly didn't happen at all, and his first true offseason now has him aimed at the moon.
LVE Wins Back-to-Back Reliant HR Derby Title
Leighton Vander Esch did his best work as a good Samaritan for the second straight year at the Reliant Home Run Derby, though it came at the expense of some less fortunate baseballs.
Fast Forward: All LB Talk Still Begins With Micah
The Cowboys have some front-line linebackers in Micah Parsons and Leighton Vander Esch, but still have a lot of youth at the position as we head into the NFL Draft next week.
Vander Esch Returns to Cowboys on 2-Year Deal
LVE officially signed a two-year deal through the 2024 season, his second extension in as many seasons, following a one-year deal signed in 2022.
Identifying the Cowboys 2023 Free Agents
There is no shortage of talent heading into NFL free agency this offseason, and the Cowboys will do their best to try and keep several of their own players from heading out of town
Open Market: Finding Fiery LB Talent for Cowboys
As the Cowboys try to retain LVE to avoid issues at linebacker, they do so with NFL free agency presenting several options at the position
Spagnola: Tough & Plenty of Decisions Looming
The Cowboys have some difficult decisions to make in free agency, with some like Tony Pollard and Leighton Vander Esch topping the list.
What's Next? The Wolf at the Cowboys LB Door
Micah Parsons is who most will think of at LB for the Cowboys, but the position of true LB in Dallas was dominated by Leighton Vander Esch in 2022, and he is again a free agent.
LVE on Track to Return for Playoffs: 'I'm Ready'
The Cowboys defense hasn't looked as stout with Leighton Vander Esch sidelined due to injury, but the former All-Pro is champing at the bit to suit up again once the playoffs roll around
LVE Dodges Worst-Case Scenario, Will Return in '22
The Cowboys were waiting with bated breath for the results of Leighton Vander Esch's MRI on Monday, but it appears the former Pro Bowler sidestepped the worst-case scenario
LVE on Improved Cowboys Run-D: 'Stay Locked In'
There's no rest for the Cowboys run defense in Week 13, because Jonathan Taylor is dangerous and they know it — LVE explaining how to keep the good times rolling.
Spagnola: Just Like Old Times For Vander Esch
Same man you were in your 2018 rookie season when the Cowboys 19th pick in the NFL Draft stepped in for an injured Sean Lee to start 11 of 16 games.
Problem Spots: Does This Team Need LB Depth?
In assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the Cowboys' roster following the draft, is it fair to wonder if they could use some additional depth a linebacker?
Leighton Vander Esch Returns On 1-Year Deal
The Cowboys added some much-needed depth at the linebacker position by bringing back LVE to a one-year deal.
FA Forecast: Nearly Impossible To Re-Sign Everyone
The Cowboys have known all along they won't be able to sign all of their coveted free agents. Here's a look at some players who will likely get plenty of attention from other teams and could be on the move by next week.
For Cowboys' LBs, A Harsh Business Reminder
For Micah Parsons and the Cowboys' linebackers, the news of Jaylon Smith's release served as a reminder of the realities of professional football.
Dan Quinn On Linebacker Rotation: "This Is Early"
Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch had snap totals in the teens against Tampa Bay, but Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn says both will play more as the season goes along.
Why Quinn Says Vander Esch Is "On A Mission"
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch says he's "on a mission" to help the defense rebound from last season's struggles.
Vander Esch Doesn't Need Any Extra Motivation
Leighton Vander Esch doesn't draw any extra motivation from his contract status or the team's additions at linebacker. He's had the same mindset all offseason: help Dallas get back to the playoffs.
Cowboys Decline 5th-Year Option For Vander Esch
With Monday serving as the deadline to make a decision, the Cowboys did not pick up Leighton Vander Esch's fifth-year option. That means the 2018 first-round draft pick is entering the final season of his rookie deal.
Does The Sean Lee News Affect LB, LVE's Future?
Sean Lee's retirement doesn't come as a huge shock, but it does prompt questions about the Cowboys' future at linebacker, as well as what to do with Leighton Vander Esch's fifth-year option.
Progress Report: Bounce-Back For Vander Esch?
Luck wasn't on Leighton Vander Esch's side last year thanks to injuries, but a rebound season from the 2018 first-round pick would be a major boost for the defense.
Leighton Vander Esch: "I'm On A Mission"
Leighton Vander Esch didn't necessarily need to talk about his frustration or his determination, it could all be easily heard in his voice.