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August 05, 2012

Lemon making plays in camp, says he still must improve consistency

Cowboys linebacker Orie Lemon, an Oklahoma State product who spent last season on the practice squad, has been making plays on a regular basis during training camp. He will have an enhanced opportunity to showcase his talent in today’s Blue-White scrimmage, where much of the action will focus on young players.

Lemon, a second-year pro, had a pick-six in a recent practice and made a standout, open-field tackle yesterday against running back Ed Wesley, dropping him for a loss in a team drill.

Lemon (6-foot-1, 242 pounds), a 2011 free-agent signee, said his confidence is growing but he still has a lot to prove. And the scrimmage offers a good chance.

“Things are going in the right direction but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself,” Lemon said. “Because I know there’s still a lot of things I’ve got to work on to get better. I’ve got to let them know that I know what to do when I get out there, first and foremost. They know I’ll grind. But they need to see me making plays and being in the right place at the right time.”

Lemon said things have slowed down for him in his second season working in the Cowboys’ current defensive scheme but added, “I’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

_ Jimmy Burch


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