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@SunnyinPink: DeMarco Murray still hasn't practiced. What are reasonable expectations for his role and level of play this season?
Rob:Murray could have a pretty big role because he's versatile. He can catch, he can block and he can help in short-yardage situations. The question will be how quickly he can adjust to the offense after missing the entire training camp and preseason so far. It could keep him in a limited role this year.
Josh: I don't have a great feel for it yet because we still haven't seen him in practice. Personally, I'm skeptical of him taking over a big third-down role because Felix Jones was good in that capacity last year, catching 48 passes. We'll have a better grasp when he's finally on the field, but I wouldn't envision a bigger place in the offense for him than what Felix Jones had as a rookie â not too much, in other words.
@TopShelfJays89 :The safeties are under one-year contracts, Terence Newman's getting older and Orlando Scandrick is in the last year of his deal. How quickly can the Cowboys overhaul and improve the secondary?
Rob: I think Elam makes the secondary a little better than it was last year, as long as Newman gets back. The good news about two safeties with one-year deals is they don't prevent the team from developing younger guys. The problem is, they may have to re-address both spots in the draft or free agency next year. It's also quite possible they'll have to spend a high draft pick on a corner next year, too. Everything could look a lot different a year from now.
Josh: There might be two or three different starters next year because of all those guys being at the end of their deals and the age of Newman. It'll be one of the team's biggest priorities in the coming years, but they aren't going to become the best unit in the league overnight. You just have to hope the guys who were here last year can be better for now.
Mailbag: Is Re-Signing Hankins Now A Priority?
I'm excited with what the Cowboys have done so far this offseason, but I'm still worried about defensive tackle. Should re-signing Johnathan Hankins now be a priority?
Mailbag: How Will McCarthy Use Cooks, WRs?
With Mike McCarthy now calling plays, how do you see him making the best use of his new talent and the wide receiver group as a whole?
Mailbag: Why No Luxury Tax In the NFL?
Sports like basketball and baseball have a luxury tax if they go over the salary cap or a certain spending limit. Now that free agency has started, why doesn't the NFL have some kind of system like that?
Mailbag: What Will Zeke's Legacy Be With Cowboys?
Dak Prescott seemed to disagree last week when asked if he needed a new voice. Is there any worry that all this change might actually affect Dak negatively?
Mailbag: Gilmore, LVE, Dono? Best Move So Far?
The Cowboys are back under the salary cap thanks to reworking some contracts, but having some money to play with now, what do you think they'll do in free agency?
Mailbag: Do Top Free-Agent Lists Help Cowboys?
A recent list of top 101 Free Agents only contains four Cowboys, I think. Does that play into the hands of the team's front office?
Mailbag: Focus on Keeping Defensive Free Agents?
Wouldn't it be better to concentrate on retaining linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, safety Donovan Wilson and offensive tackle Terence Steele over tight end Dalton Schultz and running back Tony Pollard?
Mailbag: What Should Cowboys Do With Schultz?
I am most torn about Dalton Schultz But re-signing him will likely be expensive. How critical is Dalton Schultz to the Cowboys next season?
Mailbag: Will Change in Philosophy Affect QB?
Mike McCarthy stated that he doesn't want to be the No. 1 offense but the No. 1 team. I actually love this scenario, however, if that is the new plan, does that lessen the need for a $40 million quarterback?
Mailbag: Using Two Veteran RBs the Right Answer?
In today's NFL, should a team rely heavily on two "older" running backs who already have their share of wear and tear? Or is it better to maybe have at least one set of fresh legs?