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Justin Durant Gets First Chance To Replace Lee At Middle LB

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by morasp, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. morasp

    morasp Well-Known Member

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    [IMG] Nick Eatman DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer

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    IRVING, Texas – Heading into the offseason practices, there was a lot of chatter about several linebackers.

    Sean Lee[IMG]’s health was a question and unfortunately for him and the Cowboys, that came to fruition in the first OTA practice when he went down with a torn ACL.

    Bruce Carter[IMG]’s progress, Kyle Wilber[IMG] and DeVonte Holloman[IMG]’s learning curve and the maturation process of rookie Anthony Hitchens[IMG] have all been discussed.

    So who was the story after Monday’s OTA practice here at Valley Ranch?

    Well, that’d be Justin Durant[IMG], of course.

    Considered by many as the forgotten guy of the linebacking corps, Durant now finds himself in the middle of the action – literally.

    Durant was the Cowboys’ starting middle linebacker during Monday’s OTA practice with Sean Lee now out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Durant was the primary backup for Lee last year but also sustained some injuries as well. He missed four of the last six games with hamstring injuries last season and only finished with 30 tackles in 11 games.

    But this is another opportunity for the veteran linebacker, who has played seemingly every linebacker position during his seven-year career.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/a...iddle-LB/80c377f2-026e-42e9-8710-839429f43f79
  2. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    I actually feel more confident about Durant being our MLB than BRian Urlacher.
  3. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Yes, because Durant is the only one of the two that can still run a sub 6.0 forty.
  4. coult44

    coult44 Well-Known Member

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    Why? With a friendly 1-2 year he would teach all of our young guys more than anyone else could...
  5. Wood

    Wood Well-Known Member

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    Durant just isn't physical enough to sustain season. Carter mentally couldn't handle it. That leaves the rookie 4th round pick and vet they bring in after June 1st cuts. Its not going to be pretty but this style defense doesn't need Ken Norton Jr in there popping people.
  6. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Durant has played in 89 of a possible 112 games in his career.
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  7. Redball Express

    Redball Express All Aboard!!!

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    I don't think Durant is the answer, either.

    Possibly a trade.

    If Spencer was healthy.. I would say try him there.

    He is reportedly wanting to play at 265, right?

    Maybe a match.
  8. RonSpringsdaman20

    RonSpringsdaman20 alpha seeing omega Zone Supporter

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    :D
  9. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Are you saying Spencer at MLB?

    Hopefully you're joking. Spencer has never played MLB and you're unlikely to find any MLB in the NFL that big.
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  10. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    You want Spencer at MLB? In a Tampa 2?
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  11. RonSpringsdaman20

    RonSpringsdaman20 alpha seeing omega Zone Supporter

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    considering our situation, its worth a try... I really hope Hitchens proves the majority of us wrong and becomes a player...
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  12. CowboysLegend365

    CowboysLegend365 Active Member

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    I think Hitchens will do alot better than what people think. Not alot of expectation for him as Shazier would have gotten, still think they will sign a vet though.
  13. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    I'd rather see Durant there than Urlacher. I will be pissed if we sign Xfinity Urlacher at any point.
  14. Fletch

    Fletch To The Moon

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    Might as well dig up Darren Hambrick to play MLB.
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  15. brymatt94

    brymatt94 Well-Known Member

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    So who was at Sam?
  16. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Probaby Holloman and Wilber. Durant had moved to WLB before Lee's injury.
  17. The Natural

    The Natural Well-Known Member

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    Spencer at MLB? I've done seen it all on here now
  18. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    This might be one of the reasons that Durant is at MLB.
  19. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    On a how-desperate-are-we note...what happened to Alex Albright after his back surgery injury release? He was getting work and both SAM and MLB last year, wasn't he? I like those high-effort guys with ST ability in my emergency scraps.
  20. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    They like Durant in the middle although obviously not their first choice. Will be interesting to see how this breaks.

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