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PAUL KARAM - SAN ANTONIO, TX: I'm not sold that Stephen Bowen or Jason Hatcher can play the run well enough to start. I'd prefer to re-sign Marcus Spears as a run-stopper. Your thoughts?
Nick: Well, I tend to agree with that. I'm really not sold on Bowen or Hatcher being adequate starters although Bowen has actually done more with his limited chances to start than Hatcher. I still think Bowen would be better as a backup but at his stage of his career, he's going to want a big-time contract and it'll be hard to get that if he's not starting. As for Spears, I think he's the better run-stopper of the two. It'll be interesting to see how this position plays out, but I think I'm agreeing with you, I wouldn't be comfortable at this spot if they let Spears go. But it'll probably happen this way.
Josh: I agree with you, I think, that Spears is the best run-stopper of the three, though I'm really intrigued by the idea of what Bowen could do with more opportunities. Both Bowen and Hatcher offer more in pass-rushing situations than Spears, and that has to be some consideration. In general I think the Cowboys need strength in numbers along their defensive line, so bringing back a couple of these guys plus another free agent or two would seem ideal to me. To me, Cullen Jenkins would be a more valuable add for the Cowboys in free agency than Nnamdi Asomugha.
RONALD ALTON - MERCHANTVILLE, NJ: Would you expect the Cowboys to be active in the supplemental draft, and if so, how much interest do they have in Terrelle Pryor from Ohio State?
Nick: If they are active, it'll be later in the rounds like they did last year to get Josh Brent. As for Pryor, I'm not sure what position they view him as. Some teams will scout Pryor as a quarterback but other teams think he'll eventually switch positions, possibly to wide receiver or tight end. I saw him play a few times last year and I don't see him much differently than Vince Young. Not great on mechanics, but a big-body and frame and knows how to move around and make plays. I think he's a quarterback but I don't believe the Cowboys would invest a pick next year to get him.
Josh: The Cowboys won't have any interest in Pryor. Again, they're very set at the quarterback position, and the prospect of moving him to another spot like tight end really sounds like more trouble than it's worth. Besides, he comes with too much personal baggage for Jason Garrett's Cowboys. As for whether they might be players in the supplemental draft for someone else, perhaps, but I think the Cowboys usual M.O. there is to wait and try to get great value when they make those selections, knowing they will have a lot more options next April if they just hang onto the pick.
Mailbag: Detailing Week 1 Starters & Backups At DT
DT is one of the deepest positions on the roster in terms of guys with serious chances at roster spots. Who would you say starts, who are the backups, and who's on the outside looking in?
Mailbag: Sign Another Backup QB?
With Blake Bortles' recent release from Green Bay, why not bring him in and see what he's got?
Mailbag: How Does The CB Battle Look So Far?
How's the battle at cornerback shaping up? Who is getting reps with the first team and what are your gut feelings about the day one starter opposite of Trevon Diggs?
Mailbag: Timing Of Malik Hooker Interest?
Why another look at Malik Hooker at safety if we already passed on him and there are six safeties on the roster at this time? What has changed since his last visit?
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?