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Kyle Wilber | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 245
College: Wake Forest
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ESPN Dallas expects Kyle Wilber to win the Cowboys' strong-side linebacker job.
Wilber will be pushed by DeVonte Holloman, but is the favorite to remain at the SAM spot after starting four of the final five games there last season. A converted defensive end, Wilber should be limited to a two-down role. Bruce Carter and Justin Durant will likely play in nickel packages. Jul 5 - 3:58 PM
Source: ESPN Dallas

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The Cowboys' official website believes Kyle Wilber will be in the mix to start at strong-side linebacker.

Wilber started four of the final five games at the SAM spot after transitioning from defensive end. He wasn't producing with his hand in the dirt, so the Cowboys gave him a shot at linebacker. Wilber received positive marks as a run defender and can rush the passer a bit in nickel packages. Dallas can save $1.25 million against the cap by cutting SLB Justin Durant.
Feb 11 - 1:25 PM

Jerry Jones hinted that Kyle Wilber has stolen the starting strong-side linebacker job from Justin Durant.

Durant has missed the last two games due to a hamstring pull. The Cowboys have won both and Wilber has compiled 11 tackles including one for a loss. "If you [are injured] and you're the starter, then you're supposed to be the starter when you get back. So much for that. I'm excited about Wilber as a player, as an asset for the Cowboys," Jones said.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Cowboys DE Kyle Wilber has gained 12 pounds and now weighs 255.

Wilber is bulking up as he prepares to transition from 3-4 outside linebacker to 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' new defense. As he enters his second year, Wilber is currently the top backup behind Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, May 16, 2013 09:42:00 PM

The Cowboys are moving Kyle Wilber to defensive end.

Wilber, a fourth-round pick last year, was expected to compete for one of the outside linebacker spots in the new 4-3 defense this year, but the Cowboys like his 6-foot-4, 249-pound frame better at end. Wilber racked up just five tackles in ten games as a rookie, playing 16 snaps on defense.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 05:01:00 PM

The Cowboys are expected to give 2012 fourth-round pick Kyle Wilber a chance to be their starting strong-side linebacker.

Dallas has a need at SAM in the new 4-3, and Wilber is considered the favorite over Alex Albright. The Cowboys won't add to this position in free agency, but could in the draft. Wilber was a stand-up defensive end at Wake Forest. He would probably be a two-down player, replaced by a defensive back in the nickel.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 04:25:00 PM

According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are "looking into" making OLB Kyle Wilber DE DeMarcus Ware's backup in the Cowboys' new 4-3 defense.

Drafted as a SAM linebacker, Wilber was a stand-up end in college. Wilber played just 16 snaps on defense last season after missing the majority of camp with a broken thumb. He'd be a cheap, unproven backup for the cap-strapped Cowboys, but backing up Ware — who's never missed a game — is one place Dallas can afford to go cheap and unproven.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Cowboys fourth-round LB Kyle Wilber broke his left thumb in Monday's preseason opener, and will be sidelined "at least" four weeks.

He'll undergo surgery. Wilber missed most of the Cowboys' offseason program as he recovered from surgery to repair a broken right index finger, but had yet to miss a practice in camp. Wilber should be limited to special teams when he returns, but could see snaps as a situational pass rusher later in the season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 10:15:00 AM

Fourth-round OLB Kyle Wilber (fractured finger) has resumed practicing.

The former Wake Forest star was one of the best players on the field in rookie minicamp, but missed the remainder of OTAs after breaking his finger.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 08:43:00 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with fourth-round OLB Kyle Wilber on a four-year contract.

Wilber joined third-rounder Tyrone Crawford (calf) and fifth-rounder Danny Coale (foot) on the sidelines for minicamp after surgery to his right index finger. After 13.5 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in 43 games at Wake Forest, Wilber is expected to begin his career as a special teamer and situational pass rusher behind Anthony Spencer.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, Jun 14, 2012 07:20:00 PM

Cowboys rookie OLB Kyle Wilber's fractured right index finger will keep him out until training camp.

He'll miss all of OTAs, although Wilber will be on the practice field digesting Rob Ryan's defense. Wilber isn't being counted on to start as a rookie, so the injury isn't a concern. He could push for snaps late in the year, though.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, May 17, 2012 11:13:00 AM

Cowboys rookie OLB Kyle Wilber suffered a fractured finger at rookie minicamp.

His status is uncertain for the start of OTAs. Wilber's injury should still prove only a minor setback. He figures to be healed by training camp in two months.
Wed, May 9, 2012 04:39:00 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that the team views fourth-round pick Kyle Wilber as a SAM linebacker.

Anthony Spencer will handle the strong side this year, but is playing under the franchise tag. Wilber will compete with Victor Butler for the backup job, and could emerge as Spencer's eventual replacement. The former Wake Forest standout will spend his rookie year as a nickel pass rusher and special teams contributor.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 06:26:00 PM

Cowboys selected Wake Forest OLB Kyle Wilber with the No. 113 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Wilber wasn't much of a pass rusher as a stand-up defensive end for the Demon Deacons, but he does possess the skill-set to play 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. The key in Dallas will be focusing on using his length, wingspan, and comfort in space to his advantage. Expect Wilbert to focus on special teams as a rookie before emerging as a candidate to replace Anthony Spencer opposite DeMarcus Ware.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 12:54:00 PM

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