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Kyle Wilber Settling in at Strong Side Linebacker

Wilber moved to linebacker for the final six games of 2013

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    The Dallas Cowboys’ Kyle Wilber never really got the chance to settle into one position in his first two seasons in the league.

    Drafted by Dallas in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Wake Forest, Wilber began his NFL career at outside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s 3-4 system. Then last year, when Rod Marinelli and Monte Kiffin brought the 4-3 to town in his second season, he made an effort to convert to defensive end.

    But Wilber moved to back to linebacker for the team’s final six games of 2013--strong side linebacker, to be specific--and it looks like he’s there to stay.

    I’m playing the strong,” Wilber told the team’s official website this week. “I like linebacker. I was in the 3-4 playing linebacker, it’s just easier to read and react.”

    Obviously, the “reading and reacting” will come easier now that Wilber has a year of experience in the system.

    “Definitely more comfortable in the scheme,” Wilber said. “You just get more comfortable once you know what everybody else around you’s doing, what you’re doing, it’s just much easier to play and react knowing the next guy next to you. He’s got this gap and knowing that you’ve got this gap, it’s just trust. So it’s a lot easier now.”

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