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He was drafted as a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, but when the Cowboys changed alignments to a 4-3, he was asked to play defensive end. Wilber struggled at the position, but improved as the season progressed.
"I think those discussions were serious," coach Jason Garrett said of moving Wilber. "Again, you’re trying to think about how players fit into a new style of defense. Went from a 3-4 where he was playing essentially an outside linebacker where he was on the line of scrimmage, to a 4-3 and then you say, 'OK, what’s his history? What’s he most comfortable doing? What are his best physical traits?' So we chose to play him at defensive end. But there was lot of discussion, because he does have some athletic ability to play off the ball. You see that when he runs down on kickoffs and plays throughout special teams. That was the discussion we had. We felt like those were the things he was best suited to do, putting his hand on the ground and playing defensive end, but he has some other things that allow him to be a little more flexible."
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said moving Wilber back to linebacker isn't set, but the Cowboys do have time to play around with the position before next week's game against the New York Giants.