Rookie review: Caleb McSurdy

January, 22, 2013
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AP Photo/Paul SpinelliA serious injury suffered in training camp and the Cowboys' switch to a 4-3 scheme will prove to be a challenge for linebacker Caleb McSurdy.
Caleb McSurdy

Position: Linebacker

How acquired: Seventh round (No. 222 overall), Montana

What he did: McSurdy's rookie season ended early in training camp because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered during a non-contact drill. He spent the rest of his season rehabilitating from surgery and was still walking with a noticeable limp late in the year. The hope is that he will be ready for the offseason program in April.

Where he fits in the future: He was drafted in part because he fit with the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme as a 6-1, 248-pound inside linebacker. His chances to make an impact have taken a hit with the injury and the switch to the 4-3 scheme. Coming out of the draft, the Cowboys loved McSurdy's makeup and willingness to compete and he could find himself in the mix as a backup middle linebacker to Sean Lee. He is an instinctual player, but the Cowboys felt he was a better athlete than some thought before the injury. To make a move on a roster spot, McSurdy will have to show he can play special teams. In a way he will enter this summer's camp the same way he entered last summer's: fighting for a chance to make the 53-man roster.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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