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Mailbag: Biggest Surprise Roster Cut?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' De'Vante Harris (22) and Kevin Minter (51) defend as Dallas Cowboys running back Mike Weber (40) runs the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' De'Vante Harris (22) and Kevin Minter (51) defend as Dallas Cowboys running back Mike Weber (40) runs the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Am I the only one surprised that the Cowboys cut Mike Weber? While I have not seen all things going on behind the scenes at training camp and practice, I did watch every preseason game and he looked really good. Gave some versatility out of the backfield passing and running. Could he potentially be signed onto the practice squad? -TAMER ABUAITA / LONG GROVE, IL

Bryan: He’ll be on the practice squad, and you’re correct, you did not see everything behind the scenes but neither did I. In talking to folks, there lies your questions about his roster spot. Maturity was an issue, and the hope is he can work those issues out.

Rob: It’s also just a tough group to crack. The Cowboys kept only two true running backs on the 53-man roster last year (Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith). Elliott eventually will be back on the active roster, Tony Pollard has clearly been the best rookie and Alfred Morris has the experience edge over Weber.

In watching Donovan Wilson since the draft I've been very impressed. But it’s difficult from a fan's perspective to dissect where he's lacking or possibly making mistakes. What parts of his game have you seen in camp or in preseason games that he needs to work on to improve? Do you think he can keep up the playmaking ability once he earns his way to the field?BEN BROWN / BRYAN, OH

Bryan: Wilson only needs experience, and he will hopefully get that as the season progresses. The ability to play with his eyes and react to the ball as you’ve seen is impressive. He’s further along now than what Xavier Woods was during his rookie season.

Rob: I think Wilson can keep it up because he simply shows a knack for being around the ball. The best safeties have that inherent ability. The Cowboys have shown before they’ll play three safeties in a small rotation, so Wilson has a chance there. He just needs to continue diagnosing things correctly, and that comes with experience.

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