Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Alex Albright (55) looks into the backfield before a play against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Will Dallas Cowboy Alex Albright Move to Defensive End?

Cowboys Mailbag:

Do you think Albright will move to DE, due to the recent DL injuries?  Seems some promising young LB’s could cost Albright a roster spot if he stays at LB?


Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker (55) Alex Albright against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This is really an intriguing idea. Alex Albright is often the forgotten man in Dallas. He was signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2011 by the Cowboys and has managed to stick around ever since. He played college ball at Boston College where he was team captain and the starting DE. It wasn’t for lack of ability he went undrafted but rather because he broke his leg and it was unknown how quickly he could contribute in 2011.

Being the prototypical “Right Kind of Guy”, Jason Garrett brought him in and put him to the test. Since joining the Cowboys Albright has played every linebacker spot, tight end, fullback, and defensive end. Many of those positions were out of necessity and not an actual position shift but Albright has at least shown the willingness and basic ability to move to a new position for the good of the team. The fact that Albright also has major experience as a DE at BC only makes the move easier.

Albright said this when first joining the Cowboys and moving to linebacker,

“It’s kind of weird being in space a little bit, especially being a college end. I’m used to hitting people within the first step,”

In 2012 Albright was a backup, if not the primary backup, to every linebacker position. That is extremely valuable to a coach since he’s restricted as to how many players he can dress on Sunday. In addition, Alex Albright has stood out on Special Teams finishing 3rd on the team in tackles. Albright may be a forgotten man to many fans but you can bet the coaching staff values him a ton.

I don’t think we should give up completely on his ability to compete for the starting SAM (Strong-side Linebacker) either. The SAM isn’t a big playmaking role in Kiffin’s defense and will sub out every time the nickleback (Scandrick) enters the game. Winning the job is unlikely, yes, but not impossible.

When taking all things into consideration, I think we will eventually see Albright spend some real time at DE this preseason. He’s very smart and has the ability to learn and execute multiple positions so why not? Albright will probably never be a starter in this league but the contribution he makes to the depth of the Dallas Cowboys is invaluable. I can’t see him becoming a primary backup at DE but he should allow the Cowboys a little more roster freedom elsewhere with the versatility he brings.

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