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Mailbag: Contenders At DT Without Brent?; Wide Receiver Competition?

FRED LONDONMORRISTOWN, TN
Although Josh Brent hardly played last year, many figured he would return this season in shape and ready to compete for the one-technique DT spot. Now that he has retired, who do you see as the best candidate to play that spot this season?

Rob: Terrell McClain is a name we hear a lot. Injuries nagged him last year and probably prevented him from making the impact the Cowboys hoped for last season. He's got pass rush ability from that position, which would make him a nice complement to Nick Hayden in the middle.

David:We know Tyrone Crawford is the preferred option at the three-technique, and Nick Hayden is obviously best-suited to play the one-technique. I think Terrell McClain has the versatility to play one and three, but I'm not sure where they'd prefer him. I'm going to keep my eye on Chris Whaley, as I think the coaches really like him as a potential three-technique.

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JESSE HOESSAN ANGELO, TX
With the departure of Dwayne Harris this off season, any thoughts on who might be the front runners to replace him on kickoff and punt returns? Any rookies look promising in that aspect?

Rob: Lucky Whitehead might be the most accomplished of the guys they brought in with return experience. He's not a big receiver and he's probably more polished as a returner, but he fits the Harris role as a slot guy who can return kicks and punts. He's also got an air of confidence about him. George Farmer and Antwan Goodley could be options, too.

David: The wide receiver battle should be really interesting this year. Unlike last year, when the five receiver spots were basically set, I think it's a virtual certainty that one of these undrafted free agents is going to make the roster – potentially two. Antwan Goodley, Lucky Whitehead and George Farmer are all guys to watch, and I'd throw in Deontay Greenberry as another option.

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