Kyle Wilber, Linebacker
Remember when Kyle Wilber was shifted from linebacker to defensive end early on in his career, learning by playing behind the great DeMarcus Ware? That worked out well, didn’t it?
Admittedly, no one really expects much from Wilber nowadays. Much like a magician, the former fourth round pick has made a career using his disappearing act. Wilber will crack a tackle now and again, then just as quickly…vanish.
Although some speculated Wilber could possibly be a starting candidate at strong outside linebacker, the six-year veteran has mainly been a back-up his entire career. In those rare cases when Dallas has needed him to start, a total of 16 times since 2012, Wilber has squandered his chances to shine.
But the Cowboy coaching staff loves Wilber. So much so they gave him a two-year, $3.25 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus in March of 2016. And in return, the veteran linebacker recorded a total of nine tackles and one forced fumble in 15 games last season.
So, maybe your asking: “How could Wilber disappear any more than that?” Well, faithful reader. He’s somehow found a way. Despite starting linebackers Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens both missing multiple games due to injury, Wilber has played just 18 total defensive snaps in the Cowboys first five games.
Wilber is nothing more than a highly paid special teamer now. And that’s sad considering how much this coaching staff adores him. I cannot envision Dallas re-signing him at season’s end. But the team apparently loves giving away money, so you never know…
So those are my choices for the five Dallas Cowboys who have absolutely disappeared at times this season. Hopefully, they’ll find their way back home before the end of the year. But what do you think? Do I miss someone on the list? If so, tell us who and why in the comment section below.