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Stephen Jones endorses Kyle Wilber as starter

3/19/2013

PHOENIX -- The Cowboys have some holes to fill on defense.

One of the main areas that needs to be addressed is the other outside linebacker spot as the team moves to a 4-3 alignment.

Team executive vice president Stephen Jones has endorsed Kyle Wilber to take the strongside position.

Sean Lee (middle) and Bruce Carter (weak side) will hold the other two spots.

"I hope Wilber," Jones said when asked who he thought would be the other starting linebacker. "We signed Ernie Sims. It’s obviously a veteran deal there, but I think it’s time for Kyle Wilber to step up. There’s a lot of things we liked about him last year and we’re hoping that he can step up and take that challenge."

Wilber, a 2012 fourth-round pick from Wake Forest, played 10 games and was credited with just three tackles. He looked lost at times playing in the 3-4, but there is hope he will respond in his sophomore season.

Wilber isn't the only one fighting for a starting job, however. Alex Albright (16 total tackles) and Sims (42 total tackles) will also get some looks at the strongside linebacker spot.

There was some offseason discussion about moving Wilber to defensive end, but it seems he's better suited to play outside linebacker.

"At that spot it’d be Wilber. Also, we’ve got Albright that’ll try that spot out, and then we’ve got Ernie now," Jones said. "We think we’re pretty good."