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    Jaylon Smith doing drills without brace


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    Jaylon Smith's workouts may determine Cowboys' thirst for drafting a LB
    By: K.D. Drummond | April 20, 2018 1:03 pm ET

    The Dallas Cowboys have made it pretty clear they will be considering a linebacker during next week’s NFL Draft. Alabama’s Rashaan Evans and Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch are among a handful of favorites to be the first-round selection. The premise is that Kris Richard, new passing game coordinator and in some people’s eyes the de facto DC, will be looking at increasing the role linebackers play in Dallas’ defense. It also must be mentioned that the two upper echelon linebackers currently on the Cowboys’ roster have injury concerns.

    Sean Lee has made a habit of missing time and there’s no guarantee Jaylon Smith will recover his form from Notre Dame after his tragic knee injury.

    With those two being question marks health-wise, it makes sense the Cowboys would look to add a high-pedigree player at the position if they are looking to increase the groups importance and diverge from the league-wide trend in the opposite direction.

    Something could change that, however. Starting this past Monday and continuing through next week, the Cowboys’ players are working out at the team facilities. No coaches are allowed to attend, but the strength and conditioning staff is there. They are all present to witness the live action that spawned these pictures.


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    Hopefully Sean Lee didn't get hurt right there.

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    This is good news.
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    Feh. They still are desperate for linebackers regardless, or should be.

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    Yeah I still have high hopes for Jaylon but I'm not holding out hope that we have that much time left with Lee. Even if he plays for a couple years he may get hurt for a few games. So essentially even if Jaylon is the stud I believe he can be you'd still want another high end LBer to be ready to replace him. I don't know if I'd use the word desperate but much like WR we need to come away from this draft with at least one good prospect and not just shots in the dark.

    If not in the first you have to at least be thinking about Josey Jewell and Malik Jefferson types at least by the third round. Would have been really nice if Damien Wilson had developed more. I thought he flashed his second year with us. But last year he kind of fell back to JAG status.

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    Don't care. His issues were not just physical last year. He looked like he had no instincts half the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boozeman View Post
    Don't care. His issues were not just physical last year. He looked like he had no instincts half the time.
    Hey this is good news. The kid works hard and should improve with more playing time. Mental should come along. The physical continuing to improve is just fantastic news. If he can play without a brace, he'll get his lateral movement back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostxn View Post
    Hey this is good news. The kid works hard and should improve with more playing time. Mental should come along. The physical continuing to improve is just fantastic news. If he can play without a brace, he'll get his lateral movement back.
    Yeah the guy was essentially a rookie not playing at 100% physically. I think people get a little out of perspective when they assume a rookie LBer should just step on the field and be an instant stud with no adjustment period. It takes some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboysrock55 View Post
    Yeah the guy was essentially a rookie not playing at 100% physically. I think people get a little out of perspective when they assume a rookie LBer should just step on the field and be an instant stud with no adjustment period. It takes some time.
    Yes it does take time and if he conquers the brace then he can concentrate on improving reads and instinct coverage. The latter being the most important because it requires turning off pre conceptions about alignments and reacting to the opponents actual movements.
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