3 quick fixes for Cowboys’ linebacker depth after DeMarvion Overshown injury

The Cowboys must pivot after DeMarvion Overshown's season-ending knee injury.
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1. More LB snaps for Jayron Kearse and Donovan Wilson

The idea of Cox and Harper drawing meaningful snaps on defense is scary, which is why fans are clamoring for the front office to make a move.

Harper played exclusively on special teams as a rookie last year (just three games) before he was placed on season-ending IR with a foot injury, while Cox is finally back to playing at full-speed a season removed from ACL surgery. In two years, Cox has eight tackles and 45 defensive snaps on his ledger.

With that in mind, look for Quinn to get more creative with Kearse and Wilson, who doubled as pseudo-linebackers all of last season. Per Pro Football Focus, Kearse lined up in the box on 308 snaps and Wilson did so on 404 snaps. Fans could see a lot of the veteran thumpers in that role to start the year.

What makes that a viable solution is that the Cowboys are incredibly deep at safety. If Kearse and Wilson see more as hybrid LBs, Israel Mukuamu could get more run at safety, in addition to Markquese Bell or Juanyeh Thomas, depending on how many safeties are kept.

The important thing to remember is that there's no perfect solution to a promising rookie tearing up his knee weeks before the season. These quick fixes will at least allow for some flexibility between now and Week 1.

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