Sean Lee

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  1. Leonardfan

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    That really sucks - Lee was one of the best LBs in the game but can't seem to shake off the injury bug. I hope the Cowboys give Dan Connor or Pat Angerer a look (not sure how Pat is a free agent - really underrated and underused player during his time with the colts).
     
  2. Upside

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    This sucks... but it is only May; any chance he could be back on the field by October or November?
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    He's done for the season, the silver lining is that he should be fully recovered for 2015.
     
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    Sean Lee will be starting at strongside linebacker this season in a somewhat reduced role, next to Leighton Vander Esch. Lee is one of the very best NFL linebackers of the past decade but his career has been marred by chronic hamstring pulls. And Jeff Heath has survived the endless howling of DWFs and Caste writers that he be demoted and is still starting at strong safety, giving the Cowboys three White starters on defense.

    Sean Lee a starter and part-time player all in one

    by Dave Halprin

    There was once a day when the Dallas Cowboys defense couldn’t function without Sean Lee on the field. That was a huge problem because Lee spent a lot of time off the field with various injuries. That issue no longer plagues the Cowboys as they have restocked the position with two of the best up-and-coming linebackers in the league, Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. That duos ascension to the top of the charts had rendered Lee somewhat of an afterthought, so much so that for Lee to remain with the team he took a substantial paycut. Lee was scheduled to make $7 million this year but that was cut down to $3.5 million (although his cap charge is higher because of guaranteed money from his previous contract).

    After spending a lot of time at MIKE, then WILL linebacker, the Cowboys have found a new position for Lee. He will be spending his time as a nominal starter at the SAM. That position comes with a limited snap count. Expect Lee to be on the field, at most, around 30% of the time as the Cowboys true base defense is the nickel with Smith and Vander Esch taking the bulk of the snaps.

    Hamstrings have brought Lee down in recent seasons. The reduced number of snaps may help in that area. One thing that injuries have not affected is Lee’s mind. He’s still whip-smart when it comes to diagnosing plays. An example from a recent practice:

    Linebacker Sean Lee knew something wasn’t quite right as quarterback Dak Prescott rolled to his right on the first day of the Dallas Cowboys’ minicamp.

    Out of the corner of his eye, he saw wide receiver Amari Cooper stop, which immediately triggered to Lee that Prescott was throwing back across the field. As Prescott threw the ball, Lee darted to his right and tipped the pass away for an incompletion.

    “I should’ve picked it off,” Lee said.

    Lee can certainly help the Cowboys if he can stay healthy. A trio of Vander Esch, Smith and Lee could hold its own with any linebacker corps in the NFL. Lee also provides valuable insurance for any injuries that may pop up with the other two during the 2019 season. In fact, Rod Marinelli doesn’t rule out having Lee doing some spot duty to give the other two a rest during games.

    “It’s the way we get three really good players on the field at once. Really good players,” Marinelli said. “And so then he also has the chance at [middle and weakside linebacker] in the rotation situation there, guys get tired. So we’ll get his reps, and hopefully we’ll keep these guys all healthy.”

    There was a time when Lee was the young guy taking a veteran’s spot, in his case it was Keith Brooking. Lee counts Brooking as a role model.

    Lee looked up to Brooking, and he maintains a close relationship with him to this day.

    Brooking “had an extreme amount of success, still approached the game with a certain type of intensity day in and day out, and that’s something I admire,” Lee said. “Even as good as he is, as much success as he’s had, he’s still acting like he’s a rookie when he comes in here, coming in here with so much intensity. So for me, that’s the thing.

    ”Hey, I’m 10 years into this, but I still think I have a lot to provide; I’m still working to get better every day.”

    There are worse things than having a player like Lee as a part-time guy, a player who will get a regular role and adds incredible depth to a position group. While his on the field attributes are important, of equal importance is the mentoring he’s done and the example he’s set for the rest of the team. No one outworks Lee, and no one out-studies Lee, as the last scene of All or Nothing a few years ago showed.

    https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/201...-all-in-one-leighton-vander-esch-jaylon-smith
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    Good news when you consider the alternative of having Sean Lee fill in off the bench. No question when Lee is healthy he is the only LB I can compare to Luke Kuechly. The best hope is the reduced snaps keep him healthy all year. His staying healthy track record is poor but perhaps that trend changes.

    Rising star LB Vander Esch flashed some Brian Urlacher like skills and S Jeff Heath is not just really good but arguably the most underrated player in the NFL. Few things get my goat more than fan bases and local beat writers beating on white defensive backs. Cripes when you think of the generalized piss poor play of black defensive backs in recent times it takes some nerve to point a finger at a white DB who is actually performing well. Meanwhile nary a bad word on the multitude of black DBs who suck like there is no tomorrow.

    Lee, Vander Esch and Jeff Heath are all very talented players so I wish them well.

    LB Keith Brooking mentioned above was one of my favorite players along with DE Patrick Kerney. They were both stars of the Falcons defense for many years. Brooking played for the Falcons from 1998-2008 and Kerney from 1999-2006. Both were very quick, fast and athletic.

    [Trivia question. Does anyone remember Denver RB Dave Preston who played for them from 1977-1983? His two best years were 1980 and 1981.

    In 1980 he had a 111-385 stat line. Also caught 35 passes for 309 yards.

    In his best season in 1981 he had a 185-640 stat line. Also caught 50 passes for 507 yards.

    His bio says he was an outstanding receiver from the tailback position. Wore number 46.

    I do not remember him at all.]
     
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    Dave Preston? RB Denver Broncos?!? Very productive season in 1981. I have no recollection...Mandela Effect?
     

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