The talented but oft-injured linebacker impressed coaches this week in his return from the torn ACL he suffered last May.
Lee has missed 31 games over the past three seasons, but the Cowboys hope to keep him healthy with a switch from middle linebacker to the weakside, where he'll see more help from the 3-tech defensive tackle in front of him. So far, so good, as teammates have raved about Lee's handiwork at OTAs.
"He is the team nerd. He knows everything on defense," said lineman Jeremy Mincey. "I love that about him. If he doesn't know something, he asks a question. That's the best way to get any kind of knowledge. That's the type of kid he is. We all feed off him."
Marinelli agrees, highlighting Lee's rare wheels at the position and hinting that the sixth-year defender will be unleashed come September, saying, "He's covered up (by the tackle), so there's somebody always in front of him. I think he can really use his speed."