McKeon goes undrafted but inks NFL deal all the same

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DUDLEY — From Carmignani Field, to The Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sean McKeon is hoping he next hits the gridiron at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex.

The former Shepherd Hill Regional High School football standout has signed as undrafted free agent with one of the NFL’s most recognizable franchises — the Dallas Cowboys.

McKeon, who played tight end for the Michigan Wolverines in college, confirmed he would be joining the Cowboys organization in a tweet on Saturday evening, noting that he is “Excited to get to work!”

McKeon’s draft stock may have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as he reportedly had focused on his college team’s Pro Day rather than the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. Michigan’s Pro Day was scratched from the calendar just one day before it was to be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.

McKeon appeared in 27 games with the Wolverines, reaching the end zone 11 times and amassing 668 yards over 60 receptions. Listed by Michigan as 6’5″ and 246 pounds, he saw limited action over the last two seasons due to injury.

Dallas is looking to replace tight end Jason Witten, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, after he signed a free agent contract with the Las Vegas Raiders last month. The Cowboys roster already includes tight ends Blake Bell, Cole Hikutini, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz. The team, coached by Mike McCarthy and run by owner Jerry Jones, did not select a tight end in this year’s draft.

The NFL has not yet released the full details of the 2020 season’s schedule, though it has announced each team’s opponents. The Cowboys played the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium this past November, and the teams will not play one another again for a few more years. The closest McKeon would come to his home state, if he makes the team, would be the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home of the New York Giants. McKeon would, however, have the opportunity to reunite with former high school teammate Chris Lindstrom when the Cowboys host the Atlanta Falcons this fall.

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