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New Cowboys Linebacker Poppinga Says He's In "Batman Shape"

Brady Poppinga was signed on Monday to help replace the injured Bruce Carter

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    We can say this about Brady Poppinga, the linebacker who was brought in this week to help fill the void left by Bruce Carter: He doesn’t seem to lack for any confidence.

    After spending 2011 with the St. Louis Rams, Poppinga had been waiting for his phone to ring all year before the Cowboys’ came calling, but he doesn’t believe, even after missing the first 12 weeks of the season, that getting game-ready will be any issue.

    “Guys, I’ve been doing this since I was 5 years old,” Poppinga said, per ESPN Dallas. “Imagine doing something since you were 5 and getting back into it. It’s like riding a bike. That’s probably the best example I can give as to what it’s like to step on the football field after being out for 10 months.”

    Beyond just being ready, Poppinga, who spent six seasons and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, is feeling superhero-esque.

    “I’ve been taught very well by my position coaches, by my strength and conditioning coaches, and from them I formulated a plan customized to how I like to feel,” Poppinga said. “So I call it Batman shape. Meaning when you get the call, boom, I put the mask on and I go. I’ve got the mask on, and here I am.”

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