Previewing the Training Camp Battles of the Dallas Cowboys (Defense)

Linebacker Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Linebacker Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /
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Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

2. Dallas Cowboys Linebackers

Last week, I delved deeper into the Dallas Cowboys Linebackers. You can click here to disagree with me.  Here is a brief summary

"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."

If everything goes as planned, Leighton Vander Esch and Damone Clark are expected to be the starting linebackers for the team. To ensure reliability, it is crucial to have at least two additional high-quality backups.

The coaching staff plans to give Jabril Cox and DeMarvion Overshown a fair chance to showcase their abilities and vie for the backup roles.

There is no doubt that Leighton Vander Esch is the leader of the linebacker group, and his leadership is unquestionable. Not only has he proven his importance to the linebackers, but he has also shown just how vital he is to the entire defense.

If Dallas opts for five linebackers. The competition for the last spot is between Devin Harper and Isaiah Land. Harper may have the edge in experience, but it is Isaiah’s exceptional ability to rush the passer that truly sets him apart.