For Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James, like fellow veteran Keith Brooking, the emergence of second-year Penn State product Sean Lee will inevitably result in fewer snaps. Well actually, it already has.
James started the season opener, but saw a limited role as he split snaps with Brooking opposite Lee. Also like Brooking, James is doing his best to adjust to his new role, after years of starting and, in many of those, leading the team in tackles.
“It’s a little different for me,” James said, per ESPN Dallas. “My job and my role is to accept it, whatever it is. I was a little banged up going into last week and I think each week as we get progressive in this defense we all know what our roles are. I’ve been around. This is my ninth season. I’ve learned to check my ego at the door and just go play. All that matters now is winning. Whoever’s out there gives us the best chance and that’s what we’ve got to roll with.”
James lauded the job done by Lee in last Sunday’s loss, and for good reason. Lee led the team with 12 tackles (10 solo), a pass deflection and an interception that was just a yard away from being a pick-six.
“I need to give him some of the extra stuff I’ve got in my bag to help him to continue to play well,” James said. “It was very impressive the way Sean Lee played. He almost played a perfect game, to be honest with you.”
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