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Mailbag: Opportunity For Brice Butler? Adding Depth To LB Corps?

RYAN SINGLEYHAZLETON, PA
Can the use of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler make this team a lot better? I think it would be hard to cover both of them as downfield threats, plus Jason Witten and our other receivers. I would think it makes double coverages that much harder.

Bryan: Brice Butler is not going to see the field this week. His injury has allowed Devin Street to get more opportunities in the offense plus helping on special teams. Maybe Butler can rally back but he had his chance and unless things change – he will remain inactive.

David:It certainly seems like Butler has fallen behind in the pecking order for playing time, even if he is healthy this week. The coaches clearly value Street as a blocker, and he's beginning to show up in the passing game, as well. Butler is intriguing because of his size and speed, but it's tough when there's only space for five wide receivers on game day.

NEIL PETTIGREWCHESAPEAKE, VA

With the Cowboys needing help at linebacker, why do you think that they didn't make a move to sign Quinton Coples?*

Bryan: They would have had to put a claim in and talking to the scouts about him – there was a reason that he was released. He wasn't playing well enough and they didn't like the fit to begin with. Really came down to a lack of playing ability in their minds.

David:On top of Bryan's assessment, I would add that the linebacker issue appears to be resolved for the time being. Sean Lee and Rolando McClain are healthy after battling through injuries the past two weeks, and Anthony Hitchens appears to be coping. On top of that, the Cowboys bolstered their depth by bringing Mark Nzeocha to the active roster.

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