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Mailbag: Does The Team View DT As A Need?; Timetable For Mo Claiborne?

I like Tyrone Crawford, but did he really do enough to not warrant the need to get a pass rushing 3 technique/under tackle? I am concerned that this is not felt pressing by the team, are you?

Bryan: The defensive staff would disagree with you on all counts. The feeling especially from the defensive coordinator is that once he was moved to that under tackle is that he played very well. He even acknowledged that Crawford could one day be a Pro Bowl player at the position and that his growth potential is really unlimited and the fit for the defense is outstanding.

David: I think the world of Crawford, but I agree with you in the sense that I still think the position could be strengthened. Rod Marinelli loves to rotate his guys, and we know we can expect to see some rotation at defensive end. Crawford is a great start, but it'd do wonders for the defense to have another disruptive three-tech he can team with. Terrell McClain can play both tackle spots – it's possible he fits that bill.

So, all we're hearing right now is that Mo Claiborne won't be ready by the time the season starts (can we even classify his performance to date as being ready to play?). Anyway, is it safe to say he's heading to the PUP list and therefore not available for the first 6 games?

Bryan: I think it's really unfair for me to say whether I believe that Claiborne will be ready for the start of the season because I haven't visited with the player or the training staff since he had his second surgery. I know that there has been things that he has done for the staff on the field in his rehab – so let's just wait until we get to the OTAs and minicamps to get a real time table on when he might be available.

David: I'm not going to rule the guy out completely at this early stage of the year. But right now, we've heard Jason Garrett say he might not be ready for the start of training camp. So it's probably over-optimistic to expect him to be practicing when the team reports to California. That said, Anthony Spencer was ready by Week 4 last year and did not need to spend any time on the PUP. It's possible Mo can get himself ready for the start of the season. I certainly wouldn't bet on it, but time will tell.


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