Alex Albright is athletic and smart. So the Cowboys figured, why not give him more to do?
“They just kind of said, ‘We’re going to try you at tight end a little bit. Still going to be playing outside and inside. Smart guy, I know you can handle it,’ ” he said.
“I just took it as a new challenge.”
That’s a good way to take it, because Albright, a second-year linebacker out of Boston College who made the team last year despite being undrafted, is going to have to learn a third position if he’s going to make this work.
He’s an outside linebacker, but he worked some on the inside during the offseason.
“I kind of take it as a sign they like the way I play, they like how I can hold on to information,” he said.
Nobody’s talking about a permanent switch yet. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Albright is helping out right now while the Cowboys are a little short at tight end.
But Garrett likes the tight end characteristics Albright shows.
“When you look at him, his body type, he looks like a tight end,” Garrett said. “He’s tall, he’s long, he’s a good athlete. When you see him in the drills as a linebacker, he kind of moves around a little bit like a tight end and catches the ball like a tight end. Now, he told me he hasn’t played tight end since middle school, so that took us back a little bit. But at the same time, I think you still see the traits.”
How much action was that in middle school?
“Like three plays,” Albright said.
But how are the hands?
“I think they’re alright. I think they’re pretty good,” he said. “I think Rob thinks they’re pretty good, too, so we’ll see how it goes.”
-- Carlos Mendez