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Rob Phillips

DallasCowboys.com Senior Writer

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Mailbag: Salary Cap Refresher Before Free Agency?

Pardon my ignorance, but when a player retires, like Travis Frederick, why are the Cowboys still on the hook for $6 million for the next two years? 
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What's Next For D-Line: Fixing The Run Defense?

To improve the run defense in 2021, the Cowboys will need progress from two young defensive tackles – and perhaps some additional help.
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What's Next For D-Line: Gregory Building On 2020?

We continue our defensive line series with a look at Randy Gregory’s long-awaited return in 2020 and his potential in 2021.
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Mailbag: One Move To Upgrade The Entire Defense?

Are we dismissing the pros of drafting a big defensive tackle in the first round too quickly?
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What's Next For D-Line: 5 Free Agent Decisions

We continue our Cowboys position series with the defensive line and some in-house decisions to make up front.
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Mailbag: Fix The Offense To Fix The Defense? 

Doesn’t it make sense to draft the best offensive tackle available and then start drafting to fill gaps on the defense? 
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Progress Report: Can Quinn's Scheme Help Jaylon?

The 2020 season was challenging for Jaylon Smith and the entire defense, but new coordinator Dan Quinn’s system might utilize Smith’s skills best.
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3 & Out: 3 Offseason Priorities In Addition To Dak

Here are three under-the-radar items on the Cowboys’ offseason to-do list.
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Mailbag: What If Dak Isn't Signed By Draft Day?

Worst-case scenario: Cowboys are on the clock, Dak hasn't signed his franchise tag, the two top corners are gone but Trey Lance and Mac Jones are still there. What would you do? 
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Progress Report: Gilbert Made Most Of QB Audition

First impressions matter, and Garrett Gilbert’s one unexpected start last year proved he could be in the mix for the backup QB job next season.
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Mailbag: Knight & Steele's Development?

Have they shown enough improvement and grit to compete for backup positions or even starting positions if Smith and/or Collins have suboptimal outcomes from their surgeries?
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Mailbag: Interest In J.J. Watt?

I think J.J. Watt would be a great fit for our defense. Do you see Jerry signing him? 
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What's Next For TE: A First-Round Hypothetical

We wrap up our tight end series with a question mark at the position and a very-early draft hypothetical.
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What's Next For TE: Who Handles The Dirty Work?

Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz are known best for their work in the passing game at the tight end spot, but what about the less glamorous part of the job?
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Mailbag: Underrated Part Of Randy Gregory's Game?

One thing I noticed about Randy Gregory last season, and even before he was suspended in 2019, is that he is a very good run defender at his position. Why do people only talk about his pass rushing skills? 
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What's Next For TE: What "Jaws'" Return Means

Blake Jarwin is on his way back from last year’s torn ACL, and Dalton Schultz emerged as a quality starter, giving the Cowboys a solid one-two punch at tight end moving forward.
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Mailbag: Favorite Cowboys Play Of All Time?

With Drew Pearson (and the Hail Mary) going to the Hall of Fame, what is your favorite Cowboys play of all time? 
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Progress Report: Wilson Vital To Defense's Identity

The Cowboys needed a spark at safety and Donovan Wilson delivered, emerging as the most productive player in the secondary last season.
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Mailbag: Lessons To Take From This Super Bowl?

Taking an offensive lineman and having him sit for a year (or more) seems like a huge waste, don't you think?
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Drew Pearson Gets Long-Awaited Hall Of Fame Call

Drew Pearson’s Hall of Fame wait is over. The Cowboys legend and co-author of the Hail Mary has finally, rightfully, been elected to Canton.
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