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Mailbag: Effects Of Playing Five Preseason Games? Right Side Ends?

I was just curious if playing five preseason games (instead of the standard four games) has led to greater regular season success? Playing a fifth game obviously opens you up to more injuries, but I would think it also gives the coaching staff a little more info to shape the roster and give younger players more experience, especially in learning the playbook.

Bryan: I don't like the wear and tear on your team, especially playing on a field that has a history of not being safe. Practice time is good with the players but that's really it. 

David:History will tell you that no team to play in the Hall of Fame Game has ever made it to the Super Bowl – but I don't think that really matters. Starters aren't going to play more than a series or two in Canton, and they never play in the preseason finale. It makes for a longer training camp, but Cowboys players should be used to a grueling practice schedule by now, anyway.


Many people (myself included) feel the Cowboys are stacked with strong side defensive ends and not so much with edge (weak side or right ) defensive ends. With conflicting information coming out from different pundits and sources, who would you qualify as a true edge or right side pass rusher in this draft?

Bryan: Tim Williams from Alabama would be a true right side rusher but likely not on the board. Takk McKinley from UCLA, Charles Harris from Missouri are those types of guys as well. Down the line, Derek Rivers from Youngstown State and Trey Hendrickson from Florida International have right side edge ability. 

David:Bryan has heard me say this a million times during the spring, but I'm just not sure how much you can afford to worry about right side ability when you're picking No. 28 overall. The Cowboys are lacking elite athleticism along their defensive line, but I still think there are difference-makers to be had – whether on the left or right side. I just worry that you run the risk of pigeonholing yourself with such a late pick.

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