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@BeAwesomeLikeMe : What are Phillip Tanner's chances of making the 53-man roster?
Rob:Tanner looked great Sunday night, but he can't be off the bubble just yet. DeMarco Murray's making the team, and say what you want about Tashard Choice, but the Cowboys know he can produce when needed. Comfort level there. I'm not sure they can keep four backs, and Lonyae Miller is still a candidate despite a quiet two games. So to me, Tanner's got to keep this up, especially on special teams. That's where he can really separate himself. I do agree that it'll be tough to get him through waivers now after a national TV game.
Nick: retty good, I would think. He's starting to stand out more than Lonyae Miller and if he keeps playing well on special teams then he'll be a lock to make it.
@angeenator :What affect has Rob Ryan's scheme had on the pass defense so far? It doesn't look any better.
Rob: It hasn't, except in the red zone. Done a better job there except for that miscue on Randy McMichael's TD. It would help to have at least one of the starting corners back (Terence Newman or Mike Jenkins) right now, but the pressure hasn't been there up front. What you're seeing is exactly what Rob Ryan said afterward: a unit that's playing slower because they're thinking too much. That was a concern for me going into camp because his scheme isn't something you can perfect overnight.
Nick: I would hope it doesn't look any better. If these first two games looked better than last year then the Cowboys would have a serious issue at cornerback. I'm guessing the two starters - Newman and Jenkins - will help the secondary tremendously.
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?