Jerry Jones: Excited about Rolando McClain, but he's no savior

Posted Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The Cowboys are heading into the season with tempered expectations about linebacker Rolando McClain.

Two weeks ago owner Jerry Jones expressed excitement about possibly hitting a home run with McClain, a former 2011 first-round pick of the Raiders who is returning to football in 2014 after sitting out year in retirement.

McClain flashed physical play and quickness during a stint in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos, his third preseason game after not playing football since being cut by the Raiders in 2012.

With each outing, he has slowly showed flashes of the potential that made him the eighth overall pick after an All-America career at Alabama.

But the Cowboys aren’t ready to name McClain the starting middle linebacker for the season opener. Rookie Anthony Hitchens remains an option for that spot.

“I don’t think Rolando is going to be the savior of this team,” Jones said. “We don’t have Sean Lee, but Rolando does have the skill level to come in here and really add to what we can do. But we’re going to need of him. But I don’t want anybody to think I expect him to be Dick Butkus or even Sean Lee. That’s not there. You’re a little excited when you see some of the things he does physically, but he hasn’t played for a year and a half.”

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?




Wednesday, October 01Full Scoreboard
San Francisco 10/1 8:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, October 01Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 5Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Minnesota 8:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS/NFL Network
Sunday
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Dallas TV: CBS
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Detroit TV: FOX
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
New Orleans TV: FOX
Atlanta 1:00 PM ET
NY Giants TV: FOX
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: FOX
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Denver TV: FOX
NY Jets 4:25 PM ET
San Diego TV: CBS
Kansas City 4:25 PM ET
San Francisco TV: CBS
Cincinnati 8:30 PM ET
New England TV: NBC
Monday
Seattle 8:30 PM ET
Washington TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, October 01Full Scoreboard
Carolina 10/1 7:00 PM ET
Columbus 
Washington 10/1 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: MSG-BUF
Pittsburgh 10/1 7:30 PM ET
Detroit TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-DET, NHLN
Montreal 10/1 8:30 PM ET
Chicago TV: RDS, CSN-CHI
Arizona 10/1 9:00 PM ET
Edmonton 
Full Scoreboard