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JAE ROSS - DAYTONA BEACH, FL: Is it crazy to think Sean Lee and Bruce Carter could be starters by mid-season, if not earlier?
Rob: No, Bradie James will remain a starter and the point man for Rob Ryan's defensive calls. Let's not forget that Bruce Carter is coming off a major knee injury. A nickel role would be a good start for him. But based on their draft status, Lee and Carter are supposed to be the future at inside linebacker, and I do think Lee could replace Keith Brooking as soon as this year.
Josh: Both of them? Pretty crazy, I would say. It remains to be seen how ready Carter's knee will be when the season starts, and considering he's just a rookie and might not have any minicamps, it'll be awfully tough for him to surpass both Keith Brooking and Bradie James. I think you could see Lee overtake Brooking this year, however. The Cowboys overexposed Brooking with too many snaps last year, and he seemed to wear out. But both he and James are entering the last year of their contracts, so maybe they could be starting together in 2012.
A.B. BARRIENTES - HOUSTON, TX: Does John Kitna have any trade value as a starting quarterback for one of the teams who only have a rookie, like Minnesota? It looked like Stephen McGee was ready to be the No. 2 guy in limited time last year.
Rob: Don't know that McGee was fully ready. He did show that the stage wasn't too big for him, and that's a good sign as he continues his development. Anyway, the lockout hurts your hypothetical. McGee needs more and more reps, and he's not getting any right now. Kitna is much more suited for a potentially shortened season because of his experience.
Josh: McGee played pretty well for a third quarterback, but if he had to play much longer it would've been tough to keep up his efficiency. I think he needs another year of seasoning before you would be comfortable with him as the No. 2. Besides, I don't think Kitna would be worth more than a sixth- or seventh-round pick to any other team, and his value to the Cowboys is greater than that.
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?
Mailbag: Best Cowboys Nickname? Next Woodson?
Which past and present Cowboys players do you think have had the best nicknames?