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Cowboys Training Camp 2015: Linebackers Added To The Mix

Some roster moves at the linebacker spot.

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The Dallas Cowboys signed plenty of linebackers this offseason, both through the draft and in free agency. Still, it wasn't enough, they needed more bodies for training camp. With Rolando McClain still rehabbing his knee, and the same with draft pick Mark Nzeocha, the depth started to thin. Keith Rivers also decided to retire from football, further depleting the depth. So the Cowboys went out and brought back some familiar faces.

The Cowboys 2014 seventh-round draft pick Will Smith was signed today to help bolster the unit and get the team through training camp. Smith made it through part of last season on the practice squad. Yesterday, the Cowboys added Keith Smith, another player from the 2014 offseason, he was an UDFA. Keith Smith appeared to be in shape and ready to go.

In having the opportunity to watch the workout, Smith is in good condition and his movement skills were similar to how he looked while he was last with the team. What you worry about when you bring players in off the street is their level of conditioning, and in this case it appears that Will McClay and the staff have found a player that is ready to plug in and go to work with.

The Cowboys are currently going with a first-team unit of Sean Lee at the WILL, Anthony Hitchens at the MIKE and Kyle Wilber at the SAM. Wilber is a guy who frequently gets lost in the mix, but manages to hold the respect of the team.

Bryan: Right now Wilber is your starting SAM linebacker and a core special teamer. There is always a place for a guy like Wilber who can help you at a couple of different spots. As a staff it’s hard to part ways with a guy that you can trust not to mess things up.

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