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Mailbag: Replacing Tyron In The Lineup? Comparing Taco To Tony Tolbert?

ERIC ROSENTHALHAGERSTOWN, MD
With the news coming out of camp today that the Cowboys are shutting down Tyron Smith for the next several weeks, who do you think becomes his replacement if he can't go at the start of the season. Emmett Cleary?

Bryan:I had a chance to visit with some folks about Smith and I didn't get the impression that things were that serious. Emmett Cleary has been getting the work there with Kadeem Edwards but my opinion is that they would start Chaz Green there when he's back practicing. 

David:For starters, I'm not worried about Tyron's availability for the beginning of the season. But if he is sidelined, I would plug Chaz Green in at left tackle and hope he can stay healthy. With Green playing tackle, I'd leave the left guard job up to either Jonathan Cooper or Byron Bell – whoever is better.

KEVIN HORNERALLENDALE, CA
If Taco Charlton turns out to be the second coming of Tony Tolbert, was the pick worth it?

Bryan:Tony Tolbert was a good player when we faced him while I was in Green Bay. I think Charlton is more like Justin Tuck, which Dane Brugler pointed out on The Draft Show. Let's give the player a chance to work at his craft. 

David:Just so we're clear: from the time he was drafted by the Cowboys until his career ended, Tony Tolbert never missed a game. He also started every game during the final seven years of his career, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 1996. He averaged 6.5 sacks per season during his career, and he added another 10 sacks in 15 career playoff games, helping the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. If Taco Charlton develops into that, it will have been an amazing pick.

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