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Mailbag: The Most Intriguing Camp Battle?


Which training camp battle will be the most intriguing to you? Personally I cannot wait to see the WR and DB group go at it, and also see Robert Quinn and Tyron Smith duke it out. - DENNIS GREEN / BROOKLYN, NY

Bryan: All good things but I am watching this backup quarterback spot. They need to figure this out pronto. If neither of these guys can play then they need to do something. If one clearly beats out the other then that needs to be the guy. They can't afford to carry extra guys, especially at that spot.

Rob: The receivers against the corners is always great competition in camp, particularly the one-on-one drills. Byron Jones' hip surgery rehab will continue in Oxnard, so that means we'll see more of Jourdan Lewis rookie Mike Jackson. I'm also looking forward to watching Travis Frederick work against the interior defensive line. It's been a long road back for Frederick and it'll be great to see him back in pads.

The staff has done exceptionally well building depth along the D-Line, and to their advantage, could keep the players fresh by rotating players in/out throughout a game, keeping wind in their lungs and that motor running (not that the starters have any problems with that). How do you see them utilizing all the depth they have acquired when the season starts? - JOEL BEASON / LONGVIEW, TX

Bryan: Eight guys will dress every game with two likely inactives. Hopefully before the start of camp they will get an idea of what's happening with Randy Gregory. If he comes back, that will allow them to move Tyrone Crawford inside, which helps them even more. These numbers are a great problem to have. 

Rob: Rod Marinelli will probably play all eight active defensive linemen on game days, as he's done for years. The question is how he gets there. The Cowboys currently have 16, not counting Randy Gregory, who is currently indefinitely suspended. Taco Charlton, Dorance Armstrong, Kerry Hyder, Trysten Hill, Christian Covington and Jalen Jelks will all compete for rotation snaps in a crowded group.

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