Heard this debate on Talkin’ Cowboys and I can’t figure out the answer. Which offseason addition, Robert Quinn or Randall Cobb, will have more impact on the 2019 Cowboys? – MIKE S / DALLAS, TX
Bryan: I brought up the question. I have loved what I’ve seen from both players so far, but if I have to pick one, I believe Quinn is going to have a bigger impact. With this group around him I believe he could have 8-10 sacks. They will keep him fresh and will put him in situations where he can do some damage rushing the passer. I am excited to see him play.
Rob: Quinn’s addition is critical for a couple reasons: He should take pressure off DeMarcus Lawrence rushing from the other side, and the Cowboys are missing six sacks (Randy Gregory’s 2018 total) for as long as Gregory is suspended. But I’ll say this about Cobb: In these non-pads practices you typically can glean more from the skill players, and it’s obvious he’s an experienced, dynamic player.
Could seventh-round pick Jalen Jelks be the next Kyle Wilber (DE/LB/Special Teams ace)?- TIM KAUTIAINEN / SANTA CLARITA, CA
Bryan: Jelks is off to a good start. They’ve primarily used him at defensive end and on special teams, so still waiting for them to work him at linebacker. I don’t know if that will happen, but how he plays in the preseason will tell you a lot about whether he makes this club at a deep position.
Rob: I actually tweeted that Wilber comparison when they drafted Jelks. He was listed at 245 pounds at Oregon and Wilber (now with Oakland) had a similar frame when he played here. You’re right, Wilber was a linebacker who could put his hand on the ground and rush in a pinch. But Jelks is much bigger in person and the Cowboys appear to view him more as a left defensive end.