Anthony Hitchens appears to be a shell of his former self these days.
The Dallas Cowboys' linebacker has been a monumental disappointment this season after showing promise as a rookie. Hitchens was drafted in the fourth round of 2014 (119th overall) and was supposed to help offset the loss of Rolando McClain. After recording 66 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception in only 11 starts as a rookie, it seemed like they had found their man.
Unfortunately Hitchens has regressed immensely this season, do practically nothing to help the team in 2016. Listed as the team's starting middle linebacker, Hitchens has zero pass deflections, zero forced fumbles, zero sacks, zero interceptions and only 10 total tackles through four games. None of which have been for a loss.
In comparison, linebacker Sean Lee has recorded 10 or more tackles in a game on multiple occasions this season, matching Hitchen's totals for the season in a single outing.
With McClain suspended for 10 games due to violation of the NFL substance abuse policy, and Hitchens not stepping up thus far this season, the team has been forced to look to the draft to find some stability at the position. The Cowboys elected to draft linebacker Jaylon Smith at 32nd overall in 2016, and hope that he can be the future at the position once the nerve in his knee regenerates.
However that seems to be a ways away, and unfortunately for Hitchens, his time to prove his worth is running out. The team may look elsewhere for a replacement for Hitchens in 2016 if his less-than stellar play continues.
Source: The Football Feed · Photo Credit: Images Courtesy of Keystone Press