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Cowboys sign fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens

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Before linebacker Anthony Hitchens even signed a contract with the Cowboys, he was being discussed as a possible replacement for Sean Lee in the wake of Lee’s torn ACL.

Hitchens doesn’t think he’s quite ready for that level of responsibility yet, but he was ready to sign his name to a four-year deal with the team. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Hitchens has signed his pact, moving the Cowboys closer to having all of their picks under contract.

Hitchens led Iowa in tackles in 2012 and 2013, but he did so playing on the weak side so there is definitely some work to do if he is going to find himself playing in the middle in place of Lee this season. Hitchens said that he’s leaning on Lee for advice and mentorship this spring in order to prepare himself as well as possible for the role, which isn’t a bad approach for a player with a realistic read on his chances to jump right into a starting job in the NFL.

If the Cowboys don’t make any moves for veteran help at linebacker, Hitchens will likely remain in the mix for that job into training camp. If he’s a fast learner, he may even wind up there come Week One.

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9 Responses to “Cowboys sign fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 1, 2014 11:41 AM

    Championship!

  2. bornahawker says: Jun 1, 2014 12:11 PM

    Hitchens is a solid player. Dallas needs to bring in Kevin Williams and possibly make a trade for K.J. Wright since He is playing his last year in Seattle. I would like to get a pick or two from Dallas since we do not have the cap space to pay him his value.

  3. 700levelvet says: Jun 1, 2014 12:22 PM

    The…”Most mediocre franchise in sports “…

  4. fissels says: Jun 1, 2014 12:30 PM

    Good. They’re gonna need him!

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 1, 2014 1:10 PM

    Hitchens is a hitter and can blow up receivers after the catch. If he can develop some cover skills, he will play soon.

  6. 700levelvet says: Jun 1, 2014 1:31 PM

    40 first downs in one game… It gets no more embarrassing

  7. cowboy8829 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    Ho loom an played very well with no time to prepare. I remember Robert Jones he was very average at best but because Ken Norton jr. Stepped up and we got Tony Cassiasias (sorry Tony I miss spelled.) They also traded for a madman named Charles Haley who the media said would not be able to adjust to Jimmy s defense at 255lbs. And I believe they said the same thing about Demarcus Ware at 260lbs. There is Durant and a Carter .l

  8. footballradioshow says: Jun 1, 2014 3:55 PM

    Hitchens will have the best mentor possible in Sean Lee. Guarantee this dude will stay in Hitch’s ear the entire way. And at least the injury happened early enough in the season to get prepared. Very big shoes to fill though

  9. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 1, 2014 8:36 PM

    Last thing this guy needs is to be anywhere near the starting lineup he will fail he has no support. This is a D full of overpaid underachievers. Guys could start as rookies on the Dallas Defense back in the 90s because they had good players and good coaching around them. Now…heck no!! Sean Lee can stay in his ear and teach him how to shorten his career by playing reckless and hurting your team by constantly getting hurt.

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