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Mailbag: Safety Depth? Other Positions Of Need?

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RON STOKES
SAN ANTONIO, TX

What positions do you think the Cowboys may be looking to upgrade after final cuts are made? Also, what teams are deep at those positions?

Bryan: I haven't looked around the league yet, but my gut feeling tells me they will be looking for offensive linemen. Maybe they will make a trade or two to get the right guy.

Rob: Safety is an obvious possibility given the injuries there. Joe Looney was solid filling in for Travis Frederick at center on Thursday night, but they could be on the lookout for another backup guard as insurance, even with Zack Martin quite possibly ready for the opener. And defensive tackle depth is a question mark even with Maliek Collins on his way back from injury. Datone Jones got banged up against the Bengals.

JOHN WALKER
AUSTIN, TX

I know money and salary cap implications weigh heavily in free agent potential signees. But that aside, is recently released Cincinnati safety, George lloka, a good system fit for the Dallas Cowboys?

Bryan: They're looking into Iloka, so that means they see him as a strong safety. The problem here will be how much money he wants and the other teams thinking the same thing as the Cowboys are. 

Rob: Bryan's right -- Iloka is a vested veteran free agent, so he has the option sign anywhere without going through waivers. Xavier Woods (hamstring) could miss up to a month and Jameill Showers hurt his knee against the Bengals, so the Cowboys are really hurting at the safety numbers just to get through practice at this point. It's a little unusual for a player with Iloka's experience to be available at this point in the year, so it's not surprising that the Cowboys are doing their homework here.

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