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Mailbag: Running Back Depth? Future At DE?


Where do you see RB fitting into the priority list this offseason? With a playing style so reliant on the run game, the 'Boys are in trouble if Zeke gets nicked up. Rod Smith seemed to struggle in the limited opportunities he got this year. - ANDREW THOMPSON / HOUSTON, TX

Bryan: It's a big priority to me. Smith is a free agent and you're right, he wasn't good as a backup and on special teams as well. I would like to think that Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn would develop, but I need help now for Elliott.

Rob: No question they need insurance behind Elliott in case of injury. Smith and fullback Jamize Olawale are scheduled to be free agents, so they've got to address the depth there one way or another. The draft might be an option if value's there, but I'm not spending an early pick on that position. It reminds me a little of the tight end spot when Jason Witten was here. Depth and balance is important, but at the end of the day, Zeke isn't coming off the field much.


What are your guys' expectations in the young guys (Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton) opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence for next year? Can one or both of them get consistent enough to take advantage of DeMarcus seeing double teams? Also, is it a possibility we see Dorance Armstrong moving to that side? Love his game. - TYLER BAEM / SAN ANTONIO, TX

Bryan: I love the upside of Gregory for an entire offseason. I am worried about the up and down play of Taco Charlton. He started off well and then got hurt and wasn't the same player. Been waiting for him to turn that corner but not sure it's going to happen.

Rob: Really impressed with the way Gregory improved as the season went on. His weight and strength have improved since his first couple of years in the league, and he's got the frame now to potentially be an every-down player. Charlton had some ups and downs, but he did some good things when he worked his way back into the lineup down the stretch. Armstrong played a little at right end this season and showed versatility. It's a group with promise.

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