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Cowboys Add Former Patriots, USFL LB Christian Sam

Needing more bodies at linebacker for their upcoming , the Dallas have signed Christian Sam. He was a 6th-round pick by the Patriots in 2018 and most recently played for the Tampa Bay Breakers of the USFL.

During his year in New England, Sam was placed on at the end of the . He returned in 2019 to compete for a job but was released at final cuts. From there, Christian bounced around practice squads in Miami, San Francisco, and Detroit before landing in the USFL.

Sam had 54 tackles, eight TFL, and one interception in nine games for the Breakers. The 26-year-old will now get a chance to compete in Dallas at a position that is ripe with opportunity.

The Cowboys have several health issues at linebacker going into 2022. still has to prove he’s recovered from last year’s ACL tear. Rookie may not play at all this year after spinal fusion , and at the very least isn’t expected to contribute early. Backup prospect was recently placed on IR with a knee from .

If that’s not enough, we’re always concerned about ’s availability. He’s coming off an encouraging 2021 with no missed games but needs to sustain that to shake the perceptions from the previous two years.

Based on current info Vander Esch, , and are your only sure bets to be ready for Week One. Rookies , , and Storey Jackson are the current competition for backup roles, which makes the addition of a more experienced guy like Christian Sam unsurprising.

Sam was scouted in 2018 as a 5th or 6th-round prospect coming out of Arizona State. He has a well-rounded game both in run support and coverage but lacks exceptional athleticism to enhance these traits.

Even if he’s not a dynamic athlete, Sam now has multiple seasons working with NFL coaches and recent playing time in a professional league. That could give him an against a late-round rookie in Harper and undrafted like Hansford and Jackson.

Again, Christian Sam may be nothing more than a camp body by the time it’s all said and done. But given the lack of depth at linebacker right now, he joins the Cowboys with a rare opportunity to break through to a spot in 2022.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

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3 Comments

  1. If disaster hits and god forbid we lose Parsons, and it could happen as he plays one of the most violent positions in the game. Dallas will regret ignoring the position just as they have the DT position. Get me a run stuffing vet who maybe a little long in the tooth and overpaid who will be a late cut ,but can still play
    Just please, please, stop the RUN.

  2. Here we go again trying to add depth to a position with players on their last leg!! I hope this guy comes in and makes the pro bowl but I kinda doubt it! I guess when you pay a few guys all the money then your left trying to find bargains in lesser talent !

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