Dallas Cowboys: 4 whose stock is sinking after Week 10
Sean Lee, Linebacker
Filling in for an injured Leighton Vander Esch in Week Nine against the New York Giants, 10th-year linebacker Sean Lee reminded everyone he was once a two-time Pro Bowler. Lee racked up 12 total tackles and a pass defend against the G-Men. The 33-year old seemed to turn back the clock.
Against the Vikings on Sunday night, it was a different story. Lee looked every bit his age, whiffing on tackle after tackle on Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Granted, Cook made several Cowboys miss tackles including linebackers Jaylon Smith and Vander Esch. Both could have easily made this list as well despite recording 13 tackles each.
Lee was also in coverage when tight end Kyle Rudolph scored the Vikings’ first two touchdowns. Although, on the second score, Rudolph clearly pushed off against Lee in the endzone to get separation.
Still, Lee looked just a step or two behind when he was attempting to wrangle the NFL’s leading rusher. If his Week Nine matchup against the Giants was a reminder of who the veteran linebacker once was, then this Sunday night’s performance against the Vikings was a reminder of who he is now … an aging veteran with a long history of injuries.
Obviously, that’s not news to Cowboy fans. But if Sean Lee’s performance against New York lifted his stock, the loss to Minnesota on Sunday night brought that stock crashing down to reality.