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Mailbag: Breakout Season For Taco Charlton?


It's been up and down for Taco Charlton since the Cowboys drafted him in the first round. Now that he's on to Year 3 in this defense, could this be the season he breaks out?MATTHEW K / DALLAS, TX

Bryan: If there is a player that needs a consistent year, it's this guy. They don't need him to be great. They need him to just show up and do his job every day. My hope is that he starts to put some things together and push to have that fifth-year option picked up.

Rob: The talent is there, and more competition could be a motivator, too. I thought he got off to a nice start last year, but the shoulder injury in November set him back down the stretch. And, when his snaps went down late in the season, he said the coaches had a talk with him about his approach. Offseason shoulder and ankle surgery sidelined him in offseason workouts, but he should be good to go for camp.

Since Cole Beasley has left town, who do you see taking over the punt return job? I would assume Tavon Austin, but who else do you think could compete? Jourdan Lewis possibly? - JOHNNY BROOKS / BATTLEFIELD, MO

Bryan: I don't see Austin making this squad unless he has an outstanding camp, so that would leave Lewis in that role. My focus at camp will be on guys like Reggie Davis and those other young receivers trying to make the squad.

Rob: Austin split time with Beasley last year and this is where he can separate himself from the other receivers. Randall Cobb has done it throughout his career, but less in recent years with Green Bay probably due in part to injury. Rookie Tony Pollard was more of a kickoff returner in college.

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