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Mailbag: A Comeback For Rolando McClain?

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With the news of Rolando McClain seeking reinstatement to the NFL and Dallas still having his rights, if reinstated does he have a chance of making the roster? He’s a familiar body with Rod Marinelli’s scheme and could provide much-needed insurance. He claims he’s been healthy and well rested ever since his hip surgery in 2016. This also wouldn’t be his first rodeo taking a couple years off then returning to be a pleasant surprise. - KAHIAU KUA-SILVA / HILO, HI

Bryan: If he does get reinstated the Cowboys could work him out, see where he is at physically and make a decision from there. Personally I would be surprised if in fact he was on the roster even for training camp.

Rob: Just my opinion, but I agree with Bryan: I’d be surprised if he’s back. There are just so many variables: the reinstatement process and the fact that he's been out of the league four years. The Cowboys' linebacker group is in a much different place than it was in 2015 -- full of young talent and arguably the roster's deepest position. I wish Rolando well. According the report from AL.com, sounds like things have turned around for him.

Dak Prescott suffered the second-most sacks among NFL quarterbacks last year. Aside from putting the team behind the chains, there is also the obvious risk of injury, so I’m sure it’s a top priority to turn this around in 2019. A healthy Travis Frederick and the return of Jason Witten should be helpful, as well as a more familiar and seasoned receiving corps. What are some other things we should consider that could get things going in the right direction? - WOODY BANKS / GRAPEVINE, TX

Bryan: I really do like the addition of Randall Cobb to the lineup. Savvy playmaker that’s been on the big stage. I like the remake of Connor Williams physically. The added strength will help, but I especially like the addition of Jon Kitna. I feel like his attention to detail with Prescott has already paid dividends.

Rob: Don’t forget the injuries the line dealt with all year. Tyron Smith missed three games. Zack Martin battled through a sprained knee and missed the first game of his career. Left guards Connor Williams and Xavier Su’a-Filo missed time. This should be a healthier group in front of Prescott. Williams’ added strength should help in pass protection, too.

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