Kenyon Coleman is a tall, athletic defensive end with a tremendous upside entering his third season in the National Football League. Will he see more playing time on the opposite of the line this year?
Kenyon Coleman recorded 15 total tackles last season in his first year of action with the Dallas Cowboys, including 1 sack, 3 quarterback pressures, and a fumble recovery.
Coleman is a quick defensive end with excellent size and a tremendous upside. He played only in one game in 2002 with the Oakland Raiders and was traded to the Cowboys after the preseason a year ago. He was mainly used on special teams last season, but he also saw action behind Ebenezer Ekuban at the right defensive end position.
Kenyon Coleman was acquired on August 31, 2003 for an undisclosed draft choice. The former UCLA star was able to adapt to the Cowboys defensive scheme rather quickly last year as it is very similar to the Raiders' 4-3 scheme.
He served as a back up at right end last season behind Ebenezer Ekuban. In fact, there appeared to be a rotation most of the year with Ekuban, Eric Ogbogu, and Coleman rotating in an out.
Coleman will move from the right to the left side this year, serving as the primary back up to the newly acquired Marcellus Wiley. Greg Ellis and Eric Ogbogu will play on the right side.
Coleman's best days are clearly ahead of him, but he'll need to develop more of a physical presence in the eyes of Bill Parcells to warrant more playing time. Parcells wants production, and when talking about a defensive end, that means sacks, quarterback pressures, and force fumbles.