Player Page

Terrell McClain | Defensive Lineman

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/20/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 300
College: South Florida
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Cowboys NT Terrell McClain (high-ankle sprain) remains sidelined, but "hopes" to return for Week 2.
The Cowboys' presumptive nose tackle has been sidelined three weeks. Nick Hayden appears poised to get the start in his absence. Dallas' defense is almost comically undermanned heading into Week 1. Sep 4 - 3:09 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Cowboys NT Terrell McClain will miss this weekend's preseason game with a high-ankle sprain, but "fully expects" to return to practice next week.

Penciled in as the Cowboys' starting nose tackle, McClain has been sidelined for the majority of camp. A journeyman, McClain's job would be in danger for any other club, but the Cowboys have less front-seven depth than any team in recent memory. Provided he can get back on the field sometime in the next 10 days, McClain should be in the Week 1 lineup.
Aug 19 - 6:34 PM

ESPN Dallas expects Terrell McClain to push for the Cowboys' starting nose tackle job.

Nick Hayden worked with the first-team defense throughout OTAs, but his job is tenuous. McClain, a former third-round pick, has a chance to start at one-technique in Rod Marinelli's 4-3. Henry Melton is locked in at the three-technique spot.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 27 - 8:27 PM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website singled out DT Terrell McClain as a player that is standing out at OTAs.

These non-contact practices are just a bunch of grown men running around in gym shorts, but it's notable nonetheless. McClain is a former third-round pick and has a real opportunity to get his career on track in Dallas under defensive line guru and DC Rod Marinelli. McClain is better against the run than as a pass rusher and is viewed by some as the favorite to start next to Henry Melton.
May 30 - 11:08 AM

Cowboys signed DT Terrell McClain to a three-year contract.

The Texans declined to tender McClain in restricted free agency, which would've only cost them $1.431 million. A smallish (6'2/293) defensive tackle going on age 26, McClain graded out slightly above average in Pro Football Focus' 2013 run defense grades, and negatively as a pass rusher. He's not going to make a difference in Dallas, but the Cowboys simply need bodies up front.
Mar 12 - 1:35 PM

Texans signed DT Terrell McClain.

DE David Hunter (foot) was sent to injured reserve in a corresponding move. The No. 65 pick of the 2011 draft, McClain was waived by the Panthers at final cuts before spending one week on the Patriots' active roster. Abysmal against the run to this point in his young career, McClain might not get many snaps to prove himself in Houston.
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 12:55:00 PM

Patriots waived DT Terrell McClain.

The Pats often pick up street free agents to be used in a specific matchup only to be discarded a week or two later. McClain played 11 snaps versus Bills in his only week with the club. According to ESPN Boston, free agent LB Bobby Carpenter is expected to take McClain's roster spot.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Patriots signed DT Terrell McClain.

The Panthers gave up on McClain at final cuts even though he was the No. 65 overall pick in the 2011 draft. He'll get a shot to cure his run-stopping woes as a rotational lineman in New England.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:29:00 AM

The Patriots worked out free agent DL Terrell McClain and Antonio Dixon Tuesday.

McClain was the No. 65 pick of last year's draft, but got destroyed against the run. Dixon appeared in only four games for the Eagles in 2011.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Sep 18, 2012 10:01:00 PM

Free agent DT Terrell McClain worked out for the Bears this week.

McClain was the 65th overall pick just two drafts ago. The Bears are always on the lookout for defensive line depth, particularly after cutting Brian Price only five weeks into his stint with the club.
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 08:27:00 AM

Panthers waived DT Terrell McClain.

The No. 65 overall pick one season ago was dumped to make room for Dwan Edwards, who was cut by Buffalo on Friday. McClain entered the NFL with production and size-related question marks, but the DT-needy Panthers took a shot. Prior to hitting injured reserve with a December knee injury, McClain ranked as the league's worst starting defensive tackle versus the run, according to Pro Football Focus.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 11:18:00 AM

Panthers placed DT Terrell McClain (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Already a bottom-tier run defense, Carolina will lose both rookie third-round defensive tackles, as Sione Fua suffered a hamstring injury as well. Pro Football Focus grades McClain as the least effective starting defensive tackle against the run this year. The Panthers are going to have to address the position in 2012.
Tue, Dec 6, 2011 03:05:00 PM

The Panthers will rotate defensive tackles Terrell McClain, Sione Fua, and Andre Neblett against the Cardinals this week.

Rookies McClain and Fua are still adjusting to the speed of the NFL after the shortened offseason. This is the best matchup Beanie Wells will face all season, and he needs to be in starting lineups. Rotoworld ranks Wells 11th among fantasy backs in Week 1.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 09:11:00 AM

Third-rounder Terrell McClain has begun splitting first-team reps with Corvey Irvin at defensive tackle.

Irvin, a disappointment to date, had been running with the starters throughout camp. After a strong performance against the Giants last week, McClain now has a shot to unseat Irvin at the three-technique spot next to fellow rookie Sione Fua.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 09:50:00 PM

No. 65 overall pick Terrell McClain expects a smooth transition into the Panthers' defense because the system is similar to how he played at South Florida.

The Panthers' defense under Ron Rivera and Sean McDermott is expected to involve attacking up front with Cover 2 concepts in the back end. Rivera envisions McClain as a three-technique, pass-rushing tackle. Carolina is weak on the interior, giving McClain a very good shot to start early in his first season.
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 10:43:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Brandon Weeden
3Dustin Vaughan
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3Dwayne Harris
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
K1Dan Bailey