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Mailbag: Who Gets To Deal With Aaron Donald?


Who does Aaron Donald line up against this week and how to you control him?

Bryan: Donald is not the starter for the Rams at this point of the season but that will most likely change here in the near future. He will line up as the under tackle in their four man line which means that he will spend time over Zack Martin and Ronald Leary. Just a side note there was only one offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl that was able to handle Donald on a consistent basis and that was Martin.

David: Donald might not be the starter in St. Louis just yet, but he looks like he's going to be just as disruptive as he ever was. Pro Football Focus said Monday that Donald is leading the league in tackles for loss, with four through two games. It's going to be fun to see how well Martin squares off with his Senior Bowl rival. If he has a strong game against a team that was so obviously interested in drafting him, it will be an interesting story.

I was surprised to see Tyrone Crawford starting at left end. I thought that George Selvie pretty well established himself as starter last year.

Bryan: Crawford gives them more power at the point of attack when handling the running game. It was nothing that Selvie did wrong but what worried this front office coming out of training camp was having enough big body on the front to play the run. It appears that they have addressed that with Crawford, Nick Hayden and Rolando McClain in the starting lineup.   

David: With this group of linemen, at least, I really wouldn't worry too much about who's on the line when the game opens. Rod Marinelli said last week he's aiming to get all of his guys about 30-35 snaps per game. Selvie is going to get his chances to make an impact, as will Crawford. The best bet for this group to be effective is if they're all fresh and contributing at a high level throughout the game, because I don't think the Cowboys have that no-doubt, Pro Bowl-type defensive end who they can't afford to take off the field. Like, say, Robert Quinn, for example.

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