Dallas Cowboys Linebackers: 2023 Position Overview

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The linebackers of the Dallas Cowboys have the potential to become an exceptional group.

There will be questions about the Dallas Cowboys’ linebackers health and ability to reach their full potential on the football field. If they do, there are endless possibilities and no limits to what can be achieved.

Opportunities will present themselves. The No. 2 linebacker of the Dallas Cowboys during the past year was Anthony Barr. He’s not part of the team anymore.

The Dallas Cowboys linebackers will have a familiar face in charge, namely Leighton Vander Esch. Vander Esch has proven himself as a talented football player, however, he will require support from others in his group.

With Vander Esch included, this group of linebackers is youthful and has many athletic and versatile players. The speed is what stands out for me. We are looking at a young group that can cover, ran. and blitz.

To improve their defense, the Dallas Cowboys need more speed, particularly in their linebacking unit, which hasn’t had a top-tier playing speed since Micah Parson’s position change.

Damone Clark

Since his college days playing, I have been an admirer of LB Damone Clark. Here’s my pre draft report on him, feel free to check it out.

The reason Clark didn’t play in the Cowboys’ first seven games was because of offseason spinal fusion surgery. However, the rookie started five of the last eight regular-season games for Dallas. Clark is expected to be the projected starter alongside Leighton Vander Esch this year.

Despite his head spinning during the latter part of last season, he displayed the speed that makes him an exciting prospect when he played without overthinking.

Anthony Barr had severe limitations in his ability to change direction and playing speed. Physical limitations are nonexistent for Clark. It was purely mental. With a proper off season, Damone Clark is expected to achieve greater things in year 2.