Even in a fairly loaded group of defensive linemen, second-year defensive end Sean Lissemore is making a strong push for a roster spot.
Lissemore has impressed coaches at his natural position of end, but he certainly didn’t hurt his cause when he moved from end to nose tackle to replace Jay Ratliff, who was down with a hip injury.
“I’m just trying to show some position flexibility,” Lissemore said, per ESPN Dallas. “You never know where a team is going to need you. I’ve tried to work on that while Jay was out. It’s a fun position. I keep telling people playing end is like stepping in a road and you can see the cars coming and you can avoid them. Playing nose is like stepping in an intersection and you can’t see where they’re coming from. They’re two different positions but I enjoy both of them.”
In the free agent bonanza a few weeks ago, the Cowboys signed three defensive linemen in Jason Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman and Marcus Spears. With the Lissemore stringing together a nice preseason, it’s worth wondering whether Igor Olshansky, and not Lissemore, will be the odd man out in final cuts.
Lissemore recorded two tackles in the preseason opener last Thursday. In his only full game in his rookie season, the Halloween Day matchup against Jacksonville, he posted three tackles and a half sack.
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