Nestled about 60 miles east of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the small, quaint town of Canton, Texas which serves as home-sweet-home to offensive tackle Keavon Milton. Yesterday, the town was blustering with chatter and excitement after the announcement Tuesday that Milton is returning “home” to join the Dallas Cowboys.
Milton will join the Cowboys’ practice squad after spending time with four different NFL teams. He was picked up first in 2013 by the New Orleans Saints as a rookie free agent, followed shortly after by the Cleveland Browns. He was a member of the Seattle Seahawks team who contended but lost Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots. After signing a futures contract with the New England Patriots in January of this year, he was recently cut from the team.
All is well that ends well, however, and Milton’s transition could be just what he needs for a breakout season. Currently, the limited depth in offensive tackles for the Cowboys could work in Milton’s favor by providing him an opportunity to earn a spot on the Cowboys’ active roster.
Milton played tight end for the University of Louisiana-Monroe where his 14 catches for 146 yards contributed to the teams invitation to the Independence Bowl his senior year. His versatility earned him playing time on both sides of the ball during his tenure at ULM affording him time to fill the roles of both tight end and defensive end.
Prior to his collegiate career with the Warhawks, Milton was a triple threat playing tight end, defensive tackle, and offensive tackle interchangeably for his hometown Canton Eagles. His work with the Eagles earned him All-District in all three positions as well as All-State.
With the addition of Milton, America’s team has likely gained some new local fans in the city of Canton.