Defensive end Sean Lissemore said he wasn’t surprised by the short kickoff that came to him in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. And he didn’t act like it, scooping the ball up cleanly and running 38 yards with it, the longest kickoff return of the season for the Cowboys.
He wasn’t surprised because special teams coach Joe DeCamillis works on it in practice.
“The first time I ever got the ball was kind of on surprise, and I dropped it,” Lissemore said. “It bothered me a lot, so we repped it a few times. When it came to me, I was prepared for it. I kind of knew what to do.”
Besides the return, Lissemore made two tackles and got a quarterback hit as he played more than usual on the defensive line in the absence of Jason Hatcher, who missed the game with a strained calf. Lissemore played 18 plays, tying his season high. He played eight snaps against the Jets and eight against the 49ers.
“Hatch went down, and that increased my role in the nickel and dime pass rushing packages,” Lissemore said. “Hatch is a heck of a pass rusher. I try to do the best job that I can. I feel like I’m more comfortable in the base, in the run packages. That’s what I’ve been doing more in the games in the past. They needed me more in that role, so I had to step up and do the best that I could.”
-- Carlos Mendez