Cowboys sign former Duke hoops player Love
A New Project
Having previously found success with basketball players, the Cowboys have taken on a new project, signing former Duke wide receiver and basketball player Reggie Love to a free-agent contract Wednesday with the idea of converting him to linebacker.
Love will receive his second chance to latch on in the NFL, having gone to camp last year with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free-agent wide receiver. When he was released before the start of the season, Love returned to Duke, where he still had basketball eligibility remaining. The 6-4, 224-pounder played in 21 games this past season for the Blue Devils, starting four. He averaged 2.7 rebounds a game and 1.6 points a game.
As a wide receiver at Duke, Love was a four-year letterman, starting 26-of-40 career games. He finished his career with 75 receptions for 895 yards and six touchdowns.
The Cowboys view Love strictly as a project, and possibly a guy who at best would make the practice squad if he shows enough between now and the start of camp to remain on the 80-man roster. His athleticism will give him a shot at making an impression as a special teams player, which would buy him time to possibly make the conversion to linebacker.
The Cowboys already have rights to a former Duke linebacker, Ryan Fowler attempting to make the team as an inside backer in the 3-4 defense. The Cowboys would have some insight on Love since Parcells was coaching football at Army when current Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was a basketball player there for Bob Knight.