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Mailbag: Pressure On The D-Line With Scandrick Out? Chaz Green Update?

JARED CANTORATLANTA, GA
With Scandrick being lost for the season, is there added pressure on the D-Line to step up and compensate for the loss of talent in the secondary?

David:I don't think it's "added" pressure, because we've been saying all offseason that the pass rush has to improve if the defense is going to. Losing Scandrick hurts, but I don't think having him would make much of a difference if the pass rush is still lousy in 2015. The defense hinges on how often they can get home – and how healthy Sean Lee can stay.

Rob: You make a point that some fans might be overlooking. The Cowboys have invested free agent money and draft picks into improving the pass rush, which ranked 28th with only 28 sacks last year. You can see improvement in that area so far in preseason, and there's no question it can have a positive trickle-down effect on the cornerbacks.

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TYLER LLOYDBINGHAMPTON, NY
With all the talk about the lack of depth on the Cowboys' O-Line, where does Chaz Green fit in?

David:With two days left in California, Green does not look like a guy who is ready to practice. Jerry Jones said back in June that Green might be a consideration for the PUP when the season starts, and that seems to be the case. If he plays a role as a rookie, I don't think it'll be until later in the season, if at all.

Rob:Green is still working his way back from June hip surgery with no clear timetable for his return at this point. If healthy, the third-round pick would've been competing with Darrion Weems for the swing tackle job in camp.

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