Kristi Scales, the sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered questions about the team in a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:
What part of LVE's game could he improve on between Year 1 and 2?
Scales: Leighton Vander Esch set single-season Cowboys records last season (176 tackles, the most ever by a rookie) and made the Pro Bowl, and he didn't even have a full offseason in the Cowboys' program.
Now that Vander Esch has a full offseason program with Cowboys strength & conditioning coach Mike Woicik under his belt, he will be even more prepared physically for the NFL season. And he will also have a year's experience in the defensive system. His position coach (Ben Bloom) and coordinator (Rod Marinelli) are returning, so there's familiarity with the system.
Vander Esch will also continue to get first-team reps at weakside linebacker. He shared practice reps in 2018 with Sean Lee prior to Lee's hamstring injury. He also will continue to work alongside MLB Jaylon Smith, so the two of them will continue to grow together in their roles/productivity.