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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: Keeping 6 WRs? Niswander's Future?
Is it fair, and I realize "fair" is a subjective term, that Hunter Niswander is being asked to be both punter and kicker, while in competition with Bryan Anger for the punter position?
Mailbag: Going Heavy At Certain Roster Positions?
With a few players who can play more than one position on defense – safety/linebacker, linebacker/pass rusher, edge rusher/defensive tackle – wouldn't this allow the team to go heavy at several positions?
Mailbag: Set At D-Line, Or Geno Atkins An Option?
What are the odds that the Cowboys sign Geno Atkins? I think he would be a nice bridge for a veteran player to help the young defensive line.
Mailbag: Sack Total For Tank, Gregory, Parsons?
With Randy Gregory having a full offseason the first time in his career, and the addition of Micah Parsons, what's your total sack number predictions between the three?
Mailbag: Pass Rush Help? Not Enough WR Speed?
The one thing I haven't heard is "elite speed" - someone who scares the defense of running a deep route. Is there anyone on the Cowboys roster with this kind of speed?
Mailbag: Depth Concerns At Two Positions?
What are two positions that you feel the Cowboys have good talent at but could use more depth?
Mailbag: Extra Scrutiny From Hard Knocks?
Do you think the Cowboys being featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" will put too much pressure or scrutiny on them to make it to the playoffs?
Mailbag: Taking Fewer Risks On Special Teams?
Do you think we will see less trick plays on special teams this year, since we will (hopefully) have more leads?
Mailbag: Is Ezekiel Elliott Underappreciated?
Do you expect Zeke to have a better year if the offensive line stays healthy and where would you rank him against the other starting running backs in the league?
Mailbag: Last Minute QB Addition Before Camp?
Last time I checked, Alex Smith is still available. Any chance you see the Cowboys upgrading the position (backup QB) before the start of camp?
Mailbag: O-Line Shuffle? WR Trade?
Do you think Brandon Knight or Connor McGovern could win starting left guard job, and maybe try Connor Williams at center or swing tackle?