With Sean Lee out, Justin Durant got the lion’s share of first team reps at middle linebacker in minicamp last week.
Durant primarily played strongside linebacker last year, his first season with the Cowboys, but also served as the backup middle linebacker. Entering his eighth season, he attributes his getting the first crack at Lee’s vacant spot to his experience in the league.
“It’s going to take time,” Durant told the team’s official website. “I know that I’ve just been playing outside my whole career, basically, just know that it’s going to take a little bit of time for me to get to where I feel like I’m playing the right way. I’m just working.”
As a veteran in a generally young and inexperienced position group, Durant knows he’ll be instrumental in replacing Lee’s production--not to mention his leadership.
“We’re all working together,” Durant said. “It’s a couple different things in the defense this year, so it’s new to us, too. We’re all working to help each other. I don’t think it’s a responsibility, per se, but if I know something, I’m going to help. That’s just natural for me, because people helped me when I was young.”
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