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Is Justin Durant front-runner to take Sean Lee’s job?

07/26/2014 12:27 PM

07/26/2014 12:28 PM

Veteran Justin Durant isn’t getting too caught up in where he sits in the competition to replace Sean Lee at the middle linebacker spot.

Right now, Durant is being given every opportunity to win the job, working with the first team. But he knows that could change over the course of training camp.

Durant is among several candidates to fill the void, along with Rolando McClain, Anthony Hitchens and DeVonte Holloman.

“I know the other guys are hungry, so I just look at it as an open competition,” Durant said. “That’s how coach explained it to us and that’s just what it is. We’re all just trying to help each other get better and that’s just what it’s going to be.”

Durant said he isn’t going to put any added pressure on himself, but knows there are ways to separate himself from the group. That could start with his pass-coverage skills, which he admitted were “average to subpar” last season.

“I’m probably my worst critic,” Durant said. “I can be a lot better. I’ve gotten better already and I’m going to be better.”


Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 21 seasons. She's a Hall of Fame voter, a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America and a proud Aggie. Follow her on Twitter at @NFLCharean


Clarence E. Hill Jr. has been the Dallas Cowboys beat writer since 1997. He's battle tested with one playoff win, six coaches, countless scandals, controversies and unfullfilled expectations. Follow him on Twitter at @clarencehilljr


Drew Davison joined the Star-Telegram as a correspondent in 2007, primarily covering high schools along with helping out with Rangers, Cowboys and colleges coverage. He became one of the Rangers beat writers in July 2011, and also assists with coverage of Texas Motor Speedway and the Cowboys during the offseason. Davison graduated from the University of Kansas and had internships at The Kansas City Star and Follow him on Twitter at @drewdavison


Jimmy Burch is the college sports and golf writer/columnist for the Star-Telegram. He also covers the Dallas Cowboys and other Dallas-Fort Worth pro sports. Follow him on Twitter at @Jimmy_Burch


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