Linebacker Rolando McClain, the sort-of former Raven, impressed the most important guy to impress with his performance for the Dallas Cowboys in Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised McClain, who led Dallas with six tackles, forced a fumble and knocked down a pass.
“I liked what 55 did out there,” Jones said (via The Dallas Morning News). “He got some good snaps, more snaps than I thought he might get, and he did real well. We knew and felt that he was good in coverage, and he showed that he drops back good, got a good feel for coverage out there.”
McClain, 25, has retired a couple of times and had an abortive try at playing for the Ravens after being let go by the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him at No. 8 overall in 2010. He never lived up to the potential he showed as an All-American at Alabama. The Ravens traded him to the Cowboys in July, along with a 2015 seventh-round draft pick, for a 2015 sixth-round choice.
Now, McClain has looked good enough for speculation that he could win the starting middle linebacker's job. The Cowboys need a new starter at the position because Sean Lee suffered a knee injury during off-season workouts.
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