By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Orie Lemon is on the bubble.
In the next two days, with NFL teams making their final cuts, Lemon will be one of the last players to make it on the Dallas Cowboys roster or one of the final ones to get axed.
Internally, the Cowboys may have already made the decision. But if they were wavering, last night’s stellar performance may have locked up Lemon’s first spot on a professional roster.
In the midst of an impressive all-around game, Lemon had the highlight of the night, intercepting Miami’s Matt Moore and returning it 26 yards for a touchdown.
Check out the video below. Two things to look for: Lemon’s slick juke at :09 (more embarrassment for Moore) and Dez Bryant’s wild chest bump celebration to congratulate the former OSU linebacker at :19 (so…Bryant looks physically ready for the opener).
Also, here are a few quotes from Lemon, from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett on Lemon…
“Orie Lemon made a huge play in the game with the interception return for a touchdown. (Lemon played) with the right spirit and the right mentality.”
Lemon on Dallas…
“I want to stay here. I don’t want to go anywhere else. It’s like family to me. I would love to stay here. But if I had to go somewhere else, I’ll do what I have to do … I feel like I put some good film out (for other teams to notice).”
Lemon on his roster chances…
“You never know. I’ve got to get better at a lot of things on the defensive side of the field. I’ve got to get better on special teams also. I know if I do, I’ll be on somebody’s team. I’ll be on special teams mostly. I think I opened up a couple of eyes.”
Inside linebacker Sean Lee…
“Orie Lemon is a real physical football player. He improved a lot through the year last year and he worked hard this off-season. There’s one thing you can’t teach and that’s the ability to make plays with the football. That’s an ability he has. He works hard. He’s a smart guys and he’s a great teammate. I’m really excited to see him do well.”