Sean Lee Out of Cowboys’ Nickel Package
Rookie inside linebacker Sean Lee is no longer in contention for nickel linebacker duties. The Cowboys want Lee to focus on special teams, which is a nice way of saying that he didn’t do enough to win the job.
I wasn’t a big fan of Lee when the Cowboys drafted him back in April. I love his work ethic and leadership, but I’m scared that he worked so hard throughout his career that he peaked in college.
Lee’s demotion is great news for a few players, the first of which is Jason Williams. He’s got to be the favorite to win nickel linebacker duties now because, well, he’s really the only other player on the team with experience there.
Other options, according to Dallas Morning News, are Keith Brooking and, shockingly, safeties Danny McCray and Michael Hamlin. Williams and McCray are supposed to get the most reps at nickel linebacker on Thursday. A strong performance by McCray could solidify his roster spot. Right now, he’s squarely on the bubble.
Hamlin doesn’t seem like a natural fit at the position. He’s undersized and, from what he’s displayed this preseason, not really an upgrade over Jason Williams in coverage.
Actually, I’d rather see Barry Church be given an opportunity to win the job. He’s been very impressive against the run this preseason, so he should be able to hold up physically. Perhaps the fact that McCray is being given a shot at the job means Dallas prefers him over Church.