The Cowboys prepared 2 linebackers this year to support their two recognized starters at the setting, as well as they signed safety-turned-linebacker Keanu Neal in complimentary firm. There’s only a lot of breaks to go around, so who’s going to get them?
We’ve talked about logjams at specific positions throughout the years, as well as the fact is injuries usually dictate starts and also snap counts over the course of a period, a minimum of on some degree. With any luck that’s not the situation right here. NFL At full toughness, not everyone’s going to play as much as they most likely desire. I would certainly think Leighton Vander Esch is a starter, potentially on the weak side, with Keanu Neal rotating in. I ‘d think Jaylon Smith is a starter, too, however is that at center linebacker or perhaps the strong side? The method offenses spread things out now, often you only see two linebackers on the field. Micah Parsons is the X-factor here. He’s not a full-time edge rusher, but the Cowboys believe he’s versatile enough to help them with the pass rush, and perhaps moving him around is one way to get snaps for everybody.
Let’s hope this is a good problem to have. People like to say that when you’re talking about depth and in this case, if there is a surplus of linebackers that need to play, then it will be a good problem for Dan Quinn and his new defense. But I’m a little hesitant to say that all of it will just work out. Like, LVE suddenly is healthy-free and he’s back to his All-Pro self. And Jaylon Smith is also back to Pro Bowl form again. And Micah Parsons is everything the Cowboys hope he’ll be and becomes a star from Day.
Keanu Neal makes the linebacker transition with ease and is a playmaker again and even Jabril Cox, proves all of his doubters wrong and is a fourth-round steal. NFL All of that could happen. It’s unlikely it all will. So therefore, I’m doubting that it’ll be a problem at all. I see Vander Esch playing in the middle and the Cowboys coming up with outside linebacker roles for Parsons and Smith that will rush the passer more than we’re used to seeing. But they need to find out about Cox this year if they have to make tough decisions on Smith and LVE next year.