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Mailbag: Witten’s Impact; Most Complete Team?

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Adam Schein recently published an article on NFL.com listing the Cowboys as the sixth-most complete team in the NFL. How do you view this roster in comparison to the past 10-plus years? - J.M. SMITH / ST. CHARLES, MD

Bryan: Top to bottom it’s one of the best they’ve had in the last 10 years. Just look at the additions of Randall Cobb and Robert Quinn for starters. Joe Looney started 18 games last season and played well. Sean Lee will be a part time starter as well Jason Witten. As a whole it’s a great mix of veterans and youth throughout. I agree with where Schein has them on his list. 

Rob: This is the deepest defensive front I can remember since the Cowboys had DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Chris Canty, Greg Ellis and Anthony Spencer about 10 years ago. D-Line is where they’ve really invested through the draft the last few years. Amari Cooper obviously stabilized the offense last season. I agree it’s a balanced roster with a lot of young talent.

Who do you think benefits the most from Jason Witten's return: Kellen Moore, Dak Prescott or Zeke Elliott? - RON KRISULEVICZ / SALISBURY, MD

Bryan: Dak Prescott, no question. Witten is a quarterback’s dream especially on third downs. Witten also has a great feel for how to play 18 yards in when they get into the red zone. It was comforting for Prescott to know that he has a clutch player once again on the field when these key moments arise during a game. 

Rob: So much talk about how Kellen Moore should change the offense. The most important thing he’s got to do is fix the red zone. The Cowboys piled up yards last season, particularly in the nine games after Amari Cooper’s arrival, but ranked near the bottom of the league in touchdowns inside the 20. This is where Witten can help Moore find ways more to score down there.

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