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Leighton Vander Esch

Leighton Vander Esch


Height: 6' 4"Weight: 256 lbsAge: 24College: Boise State

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Leighton Vander Esch: Cowboys will not pick up fifth-year option

Dallas Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch will not have his fifth-year option picked up but the team is reportedly hoping for a contract extension prior to its expiration in 2022, per Todd Archer.

Fantasy Impact

The Cowboys drafted Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons with their first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, indicating they would like to upgrade the position alongside Pro-Bowl linebacker Jaylon Smith. Vander Esch finished the 2020 season with 60 tackles but failed to provide elite coverage in passing scenarios, allowing an 86 CMP% and missing 16.7% of attempted tackles in 10 games. His injury history is definitely a factor in the Cowboys' decision but he will return to Dallas for his fourth year in 2021 and remains a hopeful candidate to receive a future contract extension. With the added pressure, it will be interesting to see how Vander Esch performs on a completely revamped Dallas defense.

Matthew MacKay39 weeks ago
Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) active vs. Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is active for Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact

An LB1 when healthy, LVE may see his snaps limited in his first game back from a broken collarbone. One of the defensive leaders, he is badly needed for a defense that has been horrible this season.

Raju Byfield1 year ago
Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) activated off IR

The Cowboys activated LB Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) from injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact

"LVE" injured his collarbone during the team's regular season opener. Monday's Week 6 matchup with the Cardinals will be his first game action since. It's a big upgrade to a Dallas defense that has been getting carved up on a regular basis this season.

Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) has a chance to play in Week 6

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said that he’s “definitely encouraged” by Vander Esch’s chances of playing for the first time since Week 1.

Fantasy Impact

This is seemingly welcomed news for Cowboys fans and the Dallas D/ST as the Cowboys have been one of the worst defenses this season. Vander Esch practiced all week is trending up for Monday night's matchup against the Cardinals.

Dan Titus1 year ago
Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) will fully practice Thursday

LB Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone) is expected to be a full participant in practice Thursday.

Fantasy Impact

Vander Esch hasn't not played since Week 1 due to a broken collarbone. He is targeting a Week 6 return. The 24-year-old would give the Cowboys woeful defense a significant boost. LVE will most likely be listed as questionable for Sunday's Week 6 contest against the Cardinals.

Brad Camara1 year ago
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