Following a year in which the injury bug hit the Cowboys linebacking corps. hard, the team is preaching versatility to their linebackers as a sort of a safeguard.
Rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens, for instance--who is already tasked with learning the defense and adjusting to the speed of the pro game--is learning middle linebacker (his natural position) as well as weak side.
“I’m just trying to learn the playbook and get a feel for stuff,” Hitchens told the team’s official website. “I’m a lot better since day one, obviously. Now I’ve got to learn another position, weak side linebacker. It’s coming along and I’m picking up everything pretty fast.”
In the month and change since he joined the Cowboys, Hitchens has been challenged quite a bit by the team. He stepped in for Sean Lee after the defensive captain went down on the first day of OTAs with a torn ACL, and figures to play a significant role in Dallas’s attempts to make up for that lost production.
“It’s coming fast and they’re not holding my hand,” Hitchens said, “so I’m ready for the challenge.”
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