The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is the part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the Dallas Cowboys, that player is defensive end Sean Lissemore.
At defensive end, the Cowboys used a rotation of 4 different players at 2 spots in 2012. Those 4 players were Jason Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears, and Sean Lissemore. With the exception of Lissemore, none of those guys were very good and none played more than 428 snaps. The Cowboys drafted Tyrone Coleman in the 3rd round so he should see snaps at the position this year, but they’ve said they’ll be giving Lissemore a bigger role this year, possibly even making him a starter. The veteran Coleman (33) likely will be cut.
Lissemore, as I’ve already mentioned, was their best player at the position last year in his 2nd season after going in the 7th round in 2010 out of school small William & Mary. He had a 13.8 rating on just 283 snaps on ProFootballFocus. He wasn’t much of a pass rusher, but he had 18 solo tackles, 8 assists and 16 stops on just 119 run defense snaps, while missing only 2 tackles. He was ProFootballFocus’ 3rd rated 3-4 defensive end against the run, behind Ray McDonald and Glenn Dorsey. He played all over the line, both end spots and nose tackle, and will have a bigger role this season. We’ll see if the added playing time will help or hurt him, but he’s a potential breakout star.
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