Analyzing the Cowboys linebacker unit before the 2023 season

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Markquese Bell

Markquese Bell, who has recently transitioned from safety, is expected to be part of the linebacker depth this season. With his impressive athleticism and versatility, Bell has proven himself to be a valuable player with plenty of potential. He can cover, hit, and blitz with the best of them.

The game doesn't seem to be too difficult for him. In the preseason, the Cowboys provided him and other young defensive players with more opportunities. I thought he held up well. He needs to do better in his run fits.

Malik Jefferson

The Cowboys have brought back Malik Jefferson, a former Texas linebacker, to the practice squad. There's a chance to be on the active roster on a game day this season. Jefferson performed well on both defense and special teams during the preseason.

Brandon Smith

If Dallas is pondering about adding a linebacker, they should consider Brandon Smith, a former standout at Penn State.

The Panthers released Brandon Smith because of his raw technique and need for further development. He went unclaimed through waivers.

A good investment opportunity exists, but Carolina released the player showing their lack of belief in his value. Smith played only 53 defensive snaps and made 8 tackles during his single season with the Panthers. He's worth trying out.

Smith possesses uncommon physical abilities. His violent playing style calls for at least considering bringing him in to see how Dan Quinn could work with him.

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