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Mailbag: Who Are The New Captains On Defense?

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MITCH FEE
AUBURN, IN
With last year's defensive captains either injured or in Denver, which defensive player(s) do you believe will be wearing a capital "C" on their jersey this season?

Bryan: With Sean Lee lost for the season, I expect that Barry Church will be elected as one of the defensive captain but also keep an eye on Orlando Scandrick as well if he continues to start over Morris Claiborne. He is a veteran player that is highly respected by his teammates and coaching staff.

David: I fully expect Church to be one of those two defensive captains – just ask any of the numerous players who listed him as the defense's leader in the wake of Lee's injury. Aside from him, I wouldn't be surprised to see Justin Durant earn that honor if he can lock down the starting middle linebacker job. Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick are also decent bets, given their veteran status.

VIC WILLIAMS
BOSTON, MA
I know it's way early, but who do you expect to be the best veteran and rookie new additions on offense and defense?

Bryan: On offense: LaRon Byrd as the veteran and Zack Martin for the rookie. On defense: Henry Melton as the veteran and DeMarcus Lawrence for the rookie.

David:Bryan's two picks on defense are especially interesting, just [embedded_ad] for the simple fact that Melton and Lawrence need to have successful seasons if the Cowboys are going to go anywhere. It's almost non-negotiable that those two meet with at least some level of success. I agree that Martin is the rookie to watch on offense, just because he figures to be the only rookie who will see regular playing time on that side of the ball. As for veterans, I have high hopes for what Ryan Williams can add to the mix when healthy. He went 38th overall in 2011 for a reason.


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