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Sims Believes Dallas Could be his Last Chance

Veteran Ernie Sims is competing for the starting strongside linebacker job

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Sims Believes Dallas Could be his Last Chance

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The fight with running back Lance Dunbar aside, veteran linebacker Ernie Sims is putting together a very solid training camp for the Dallas Cowboys.

Sims and fellow veteran Justin Durant are currently competing for the starting strongside linebacker job in Monte Kiffin’s newly installed 4-3 system, and it’s not surprising that Sims is playing like a motivated man. That’s because the former Lion, Eagle and Colt, who was taken in the first round out of Florida State back in 2006, believes his opportunity with Dallas might be his last in the NFL.

"I think the thing I really noticed was, really from the first conversation he and I had, was just that: This is my last chance," said head coach Jason Garrett, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He had that mindset. Often times you see that with college free agents who understand they have one shot, and their mindset is I am going to make everything out of this opportunity I have in front of me each and every day. And I think Ernie has done that. He has really played well. He’s played well on defense, he’s played well on special teams and he’s played with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder. And that’s a really good thing."

Sims played in ten games and started six after being signed off the streets by Dallas last year, and he finished with 42 tackles and a sack.

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