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BRYAN WALSH - MOUNT AIRY, MD: DeMarco Murray finished at Oklahoma with records for TDs, points scored, and all-purpose yardage - all ahead of Adrian Peterson. Why did he slip to the third round and why isn't there more excitement about him?
Rob: There have been questions about his durability as a featured back, as well as how explosive he can be at the next level. The Cowboys apparently weren't concerned about the injuries he had in college, and he's not going to be asked to carry the load. From what I've re-watched of him at Oklahoma, he's also a more dynamic runner than I remembered.
Josh: Well, to be fair, Murray stayed for four years and Peterson was only in school for three, plus he was hurt for much of his sophomore season, as I recall. Look, if DeMarco Murray was Adrian Peterson, he wouldn't have lasted until the third round. Teams and scouts aren't that blind to just let the sure-things slip by them. A lot of rookies come into the NFL owning records at their college, but that isn't always a great indicator of NFL success. I sense a good deal of excitement for him among the Cowboys fans I hear from, but the fact is he's going to be just a rotational guy, at least to start with. I mean, we don't even know if they can they find him 10 carries a game yet.
LUTHER YELLOWROBE - LAME DEER, MT: Do you think that having a bye week earlier in the season like the Cowboys do will be in any way more beneficial this year because of the lockout?
Rob: Maybe, but the hope is training camps will start on time. To me, it's almost always better to have the bye right in the middle of the season. Players' bodies take such a toll that they need a break with eight games to go, not 13. I did think an early bye would've helped last year after a five-week camp. Obviously not. The Cowboys actually caught a break this year by getting an extra week before the New England trip. Pats are 66-12 at home since 2001.
Josh: I think they're lucky to be having their bye the week before playing the Patriots. They'll need all the extra practice they can get for that one. But I don't think they'll go back into training camp mode during their week off, so it's probably no better than it would be any other year. Most teams would want the bye later.
Mailbag: Questions About CB Depth?
How did Reggie Robinson do during the spring? I have not heard anything regarding him in all of these CB articles. Is he a Dan Quinn cornerback?
Mailbag: Early Options For 2022 Franchise Tag?
Some big-name rookie contracts expiring at season's end like Michael Gallup, Leighton Vander Esch and Dalton Schultz. Pending a huge season, who do you see the franchise tag going to, if any? Thoughts?
Mailbag: What's The Best Role For Micah Parsons?
I'm hearing Micah Parsons is going to be used as a designated pass rusher? Is that accurate, and what is your take?
Mailbag: NFL's Best WR Trio? Tight End Rotation?
How often will we see Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin on the field together? With the emergence of both, have we seen the last of a true fullback in Dallas?
Mailbag: Career Year For Gallup? Faster Starts?
Could this be the best year yet for Michael Gallup?
Mailbag: Who Will Return Punts? 4-3 Or 3-4?
Who do you guys see taking over return duties in the upcoming season?
Mailbag: Most Impressive Rookie DB?
I realize it's very early, but who so far has impressed the most of the rookie DBs: Kelvin Joseph, Nahshon Wright, Israel Mukuamu, Tyler Coyle?
Mailbag: Changes To Roster Rules? Neal At S?
I would be perfectly happy with LVE, Parsons, Smith, Cox as our starting LBs. Is Keanu Neal more valuable as a safety?
Mailbag: Trying To Work A Mid-Summer Trade?
Given the injury history of LVE and Neal and how Jaylon played last year and the rookies are still rookies, is it smart to make any moves right now?
Mailbag: Outlook At FS? Strength Of Schedule?
Why hasn't this coaching staff brought in a veteran presence at free safety to help the young secondary and who's going to play that position for us this upcoming season?
Mailbag: Quinn's System Helping Vander Esch?
How did Leighton Vander Esch look in OTAs and do you think he will fit in with Coach Quinn's defensive scheme?