Leighton Vander Esch

#55 LB / Dallas Cowboys / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 255 lb Age: 24 College: Boise State Bye 10

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  • Vander Esch recorded 12 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Vikings. He's picked up a dozen tackles in back-to-back games since the Cowboys' bye, and Vander Esch appears to be back in form after his early-season collarbone injury. He'll look to deliver another strong IDP performance in a Thanksgiving Day clash with Washington, which he also collected 12 tackles against in the teams' first meeting back in Week 7.

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  • Vander Esch racked up 12 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's loss to Washington. With the Dallas offense only generating three points on the afternoon, the defense was rarely off the field, giving Vander Esch a chance to post strong IDP numbers. Having fully recovered from the broken collarbone he suffered in Week 1, LVE should resume his role at the heart of a Cowboys defense that has been one of the worst units in the league so far this season.

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  • Vander Esch said he "should be in there full time" Sunday against Washington, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. The 24-year-old returned from injured reserve and played 32 of 62 defensive snaps during Monday's loss to the Cardinals, but he doesn't expect to face the same limitations during this weekend's divisional matchup. Vander Esch should bring some stability to the middle of a Dallas defense that has struggled all season.

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  • Vander Esch had three tackles (two solo) and one pass breakup during Monday's 38-10 loss to Arizona. The 24-year-old returned from a four-game absence Monday and played 32 of 62 defensive snaps. Vander Esch missed about a month due to the collarbone injury, and it appears the Cowboys were easing him back into the fold. He should continue to ramp up his workload against Washington in Week 7.

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  • Vander Esch (collarbone) is listed as active Monday against the Cardinals. Vander Esch is the linchpin of the Dallas defense, but he's also only played in three of the team's previous 14 games dating back to last season due to injury. For his career, he's averaged 8.7 tackles per game, so he's a decent enough bet to make an impact in the IDP realm in his first appearance since Week 1.

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Completed Games

WK OPP TK SACK INT FF DFR DFTD PDEF FPTS
1 @LAR 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2 ATL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*3 @SEA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*4 CLE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*5 NYG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 ARI 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @WAS 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @PHI 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
9 PIT 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 BYE - - - - - - - -
11 @MIN 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 WAS 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK
13 12/08 @Baltimore Ravens 32
14 12/13 @Cincinnati Bengals 10
15 12/20 San Francisco 49ers 20
16 12/27 Philadelphia Eagles 13
17 01/03 @New York Giants 8

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