When the Dallas Cowboys selected Sean Lee in the second round of this year’s draft, the team raved about their selection, expressing the belief that in Lee, they got a first round talent relegated to the second round due solely to a history of injuries, to the knee particularly.
The thought, generally, was that if Lee could stay healthy, he would step in and contribute immediately. Trouble is, through the spring, Lee couldn’t stay healthy, therefore hindering his development, and ensuring that he didn’t make an immediate impact.
Fast forward to Sunday, and Lee is healthy, ready and contributing like a first round talent. Against the Indianapolis Colts, Lee was credited with nine tackles, and two interceptions--one returned for a touchdown and one to give Dallas the ball in overtime, for what turned out to be the game-winning drive.
“I needed the reps to develop,” Lee said, per ESPN Dallas. “I wasn’t ready early in the season to come in and play consistently. I needed to get in there on special teams and make some plays and prove [myself] to the coaches, get some trust from them. I just worked hard each week. Each week, the confidence has grown.
“Each time I’ve played more and more, I’ve gotten better. That’s what I’m going to try to do the last four weeks.”
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