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Mailbag: Jourdan Lewis Getting More Work?


Similarly to how Byron Jones elevated his game once he settled in at cornerback, could Jourdan Lewis succeed at safety since he's such a playmaker when on the field? If not, will he get more opportunities this year at corner? – GARET TANAKA / WAILUKU, HI

Rob: I'm not sure that's a fair comparison. Jones started two full seasons at safety in college, so he already had as much experience playing there as he did at corner when he entered the league. The Cowboys have said in the past that their safeties are pretty interchangeable, but Lewis is built more like a corner, not someone who plays down around the line of scrimmage. If Jones and/or Anthony Brown leave via free agency, then naturally he'll have a chance for more snaps. He capitalized on his chances last year, for sure.

David: Forget safety, I'm all about giving the guy more opportunities at cornerback. He's got a knack for the position, and he's got the ball skills that have been so sorely lacking in the Dallas secondary. Hopefully this new coaching staff gives him a shot at a starting opportunity — if not one the outside, then at least at nickel where has already had some success.

Will Jason Witten return next season? Seems he could be a key player for the offense now that we have a new head coach. – PATRICK DELSORDO / PALM COAST, FL

Rob: As of last week, it sounds like Witten's future with the Cowboys is still up in the air. Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said, "I feel strongly he wants to play and I think he can play. I would hope that he would not ever be anything but a Cowboy. I'd say Jason feels like the holdup is one way or another Jason being comfortable with the fit. Jason being comfortable with the fit (his role)."

David: Jerry Jones seems to think there's still a chance that Witten comes back, so I wouldn't rule anything out. Me personally, I'm just not sure I see the fit. If we read between the lines, it sounds like Witten would only be coming back in a backup role, as Blake Jarwin is the odds-on favorite to be the starter in the future. If that's the case, it makes more sense to move forward with younger, cheaper options. Perhaps the Cowboys could use a Day 3 draft pick on a developmental tight end. But that's just one man's opinion. We'll see what kind of decision Witten and the front office eventually reach.

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