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Mailbag: How Does Irving Impact D-Line Rotation?


What starting defensive lineup changes do you see taking place with the return of David Irving and possibly Maliek Collins? Does Tyrone Crawford move back to right defensive end and replace Taco Charlton or stay as your starting 3-technique? - REUBEN JOHNSON / MT JULIET, TN

Bryan: I see Irving as the backup to Crawford at this point, and as things come around for him then we could see him as the starter with Crawford kicking back to the outside. They have some health issues at nose tackle that they're going to have to work through. My guess is that when Woods and Collins come back that Caraun Reid or Daniel Ross would be inactive there. **

Rob:** Good question. We don't know how many snaps Irving can handle right off the bat, but with Antwaun Woods' status uncertain this week and Collins working his way back, there's opportunity to play inside. Because of the question marks at tackle, maybe Crawford starts there for at least this week.


Given the depth at TE, is that the reason we haven't seen anything related to Dalton Schultz? Is there hope for this kid to see the field, or has he simply not impressed in practices up to this point?- STEVE HUTTON / HANOVER, PA

Bryan: Schultz has not played as well as he did at Stanford. I was one of those that believed he would have been a Day One starter, but that's not been the case. He needs to develop better as a blocker before he has a chance to play. He's not getting experience in games, but practice is helping him for the future.

Rob: The Cowboys have four tight ends but there's opportunity for playing time. Schultz just hasn't separated himself to this point or he would be active, but it's a little early to suggest he can't be a contributor down the line. One thing that stood out in camp was his strength. He was an excellent blocker at Stanford but he might need an offseason to improve in that area.

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