When healthy, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the game. Unfortunately, the whole “being healthy” part has been a pretty tough one for the former Penn State superstar. After spending most of 2018 on the sidelines, Lee is set for a position switch in 2019.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Lee is set to be switched to strong-side outside linebacker in 2019. The 32-year-old linebacker has played inside linebacker for most of his NFL career.
Per the report, Lee explained at a recent charity event that he isn’t too bothered by the change. He praised linebackers coach Ben Bloom for helping him make the transition.
“There are different responsibilities… Learning some of those different responsibilities, I’ll be working on (that) and I have great help from (position coach Ben Bloom). And then there will be times when I’ll be in similar positions I’ve been in.”
Lee is not completely foreign to the position, having played outside linebacker for two seasons during his time at Penn State.
He will play opposite standout rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who made the Pro Bowl last year playing on the weak-side. Jaylon Smith, the former Notre Dame standout, is expected to spend most of his time on the inside.
But as mentioned earlier, the biggest obstacle to Lee’s transition may not be his ability to learn, but his ability to stay healthy.
He missed nine games last season and has missed over 50 games over the course of his career.