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There’s going to be a lot of competition at the Cowboys defensive end position."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys 2019 DraftDraft Analysis: Cowboys get yet another edge rusher in Oregon’s Jalen JelksNew La'el Collins Color Rush Jersey ,27commentsThere’s going to be a lot of competition at the Cowboys defensive end position.CDTShareTweetShareShareDraft Analysis: Cowboys get yet another edge rusher in Oregon’s Jalen JelksScott Olmos-USA TODAY SportsThe Cowboys went into this draft seemingly set at their defensive end positions, with DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn as the primary starters with Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Kerry Hyder as depth. Now they’ve added more competition. It started when Dallas took Miami defensive end Joe Jackson in the fifth round at 165th overall. But then the Cowboys took another defensive end in Jalen Jelks of Oregon. Jelks, taken in the seventh round at 241st overall, joins a suddenly crowded defensive end group in Dallas. Jelks is one of the more intriguing edge rushers from this class, too, as he played out of position a lot in college. While the Ducks ran a 4-3 defense, it was very different from what the Cowboys run. Most notably, they routinely had Jelks line up as a 4-technique defensive end on early downs Robert Newhouse Jersey , which had Jelks going straight up against offensive tackles. On passing downs, Oregon usually moved Jelks inside to a 2-technique spot, which saw him going head on against guards. The problem with this is that Jelks was listed at only 245 pounds in college, making him woefully undersized for those roles. As such, Jelks only put up 3.5 sacks in 2018 and seven sacks in 2017. But Jelks added some beef for the combine, where he measured in at 256 pounds. More interesting, though, is that Jelks stands at 6’5” with 34 5/8” arms, making him a very long, rangy edge rusher. Jelks doesn’t seem to be overly athletic Daryl Johnston Color Rush Jersey , but he’s relied on his great length to overcome any gaps in athleticism. When rushing the passer, he gets extension and knows how to use his length to get leverage on offensive linemen. When he has a good get off, Jelks can be nearly unstoppable. The issue is that Jelks’ biggest weakness seems to be his fundamentals; in other words, he’s inconsistent in coming off the line of scrimmage and doesn’t show good instincts when it comes to pass rush moves. Much like Joe Jackson, Jelks is a bit of a developmental defensive end at this point. He needs to refine his fundamentals, but if he can do that, he can become a quality situational pass rusher off the edge. The reason Jelks fell further than Jackson is largely due to his playing out of position in college, so he wasn’t able to flash his potential as well as Jackson did. Jelks should fit in well in Dallas, where he’ll be primarily working as a 5-technique defensive end coming off the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. This will allow him to best utilize his length and strength. The question will be if Jelks can earn a roster spot over all the other defensive ends now on the Cowboys’ roster. If not, he could be an early candidate for the practice squad. Only time will tell , but Dallas got a player with a fairly high ceiling for a very low cost. Long-time Cowboys veteran adjusting to new role on the defense." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBlogging The BoysBlogging The Boys, a Dallas Cowboys fan communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryCowboysOddsShopAb outMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsFiled under:Dallas Cowboys GeneralSean Lee a starter and part-time player all in oneNew,27commentsLong-time Cowboys veteran adjusting to new role on the defense.CDTShareTweetShareShareSean Lee a starter and part-time player all in oneShane Roper-USA TODAY SportsThere 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: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.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.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.Here’s Lee talking about his new role in a couple of clips.
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