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Mailbag: Upgrading The Safety Position? Problems In Punt Coverage?

BRANDON MOHONFARMINGTON, NM
The poor tackling angles, lack of play-making abilities and poor awareness are becoming a glaring issue for the safety position. How much of a priority should the Cowboys put into upgrading the safety position?

Bryan: If you are planning on playing Byron Jones at safety that will surely will help the position. If you are playing him at corner then you will need to draft a safety. They could consider playing Jones at safety and pair him with a draft pick like – Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. Couple of different options there.

David:It was extra disappointing, because the safety play was so good last week against Washington, but it regressed so clearly in Green Bay. I think the decision to draft Byron Jones can only help the position – especially once he settles into the position. Church and Wilcox both have one year left on their contract, so I'd expect them to still factor into the future.

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ALI INGULLICHESHIRE, CT
What is going on with our blocking on punt returns?  It seemed on every punt return there was a Green Bay player right there to make the tackle as soon as Lucky caught the ball. I believe Lucky can make a real difference on field position (see Redskins game) but obviously needs a chance to run to do so.

Bryan: No way around it – Brandon Carr and Barry Church were awful. Jeff Janis is a nice special teamer but for him to consistently beat double team blocks should not have happened.

David:I'll never forget the start of the fourth quarter. The Cowboys forced Green Bay to punt from their own 17-yard line, and it looked like they'd have fantastic position to try to force a 14-14 tie. Instead, Tim Masthay boomed a 53-yard punt, and the coverage was awful. Lucky Whitehead lost two yards on the return, and Dallas wound up on its own 28-yard line. It's been little things like that which have added up in a lot of these losses.

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