2016 Cowboys Camp: What is the Team’s Weakest Position?

    Yesterday, in Part Three of our Camp Series, we talked about which position on the 2016 Cowboys roster was going to be the strongest. Naturally, it's now time to ask…

    What Will be the Weakest Position on the Team?

    Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Randy Gregory Suspended 4 GamesJess Haynie ( @CowboysAddicts ) – Even without the , would probably still be my pick. I feel good about in his third year, given that he had seven in the last eight games of 2015. Still, he's going to miss four weeks and everyone behind him is unproven. The Randy Gregory news only adds to the drama and the concern. Thankfully (and sadly), is used to not getting much out of his defensive ends.

    Kevin Brady ( @KevinBrady88 ) – Right defensive end. This one’s a no-brainer for me, especially since our weakest point on the entire will have to face off with (usually) the other team’s strongest point, their , each and every week. was the projected week one starter here prior to his , but now the position remains in purgatory as the Cowboys surf through rookies and unknowns looking for an answer. , , and Ryan Russell seem to be the ones competing for the spot, and while I like all three of the players, I don’t know how ready to play they’ll be Week One of this season.

    Cowboys Blog - Bitching Points: Kellen Moore, Jason Garrett, Tony Romo, Et Al. 1 ( @RJOchoa ) – I've been vocal about the fact that the Cowboys have displayed a sense of arrogance when it comes to certain elements of 2016's roster construction. They've completely dismissed the porous play from that we saw in 2015 and are choosing to close their eyes, stick their fingers in their ears, and say “lalalala.” is fine and dandy, but the backup crew is a dud.

    Sean Martin ( @ShoreSportsNJ ) – While I am not as down as most about the overall situation the Cowboys find themselves in at defensive end, it still has to be considered their weakest position. Get as excited as you would like about Benson Mayowa, Ryan Russell, Jack Crawford, , and whoever else Rod Marinelli decides to throw on the , but the reality is that outside of DeMarcus Lawrence this team does not have a single pass rusher that has proven they can generate consistent pressure on the quarterback. In a league where games are so heavily determined by the , that's simply not good for a Cowboys team that wants to make a serious playoff run this season.

    Brian Martin ( @bmart0204 ) – I think the defensive end position is probably the weakest, at least to start the season. The suspensions handed down to Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory really put the Cowboys in a tough situation. No one knows who will start at defensive end the first month of the , and that’s why I believe it’s the weakest position right now. Rod Marinelli seems to get the best out of his players and he will have to work his magic once again with his defensive ends.

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    Bryson Treece ( @BrysonTreece ) – Linebackers. Even before 's suspension the linebackers were a toss-up. helps some, but he's not going to be the difference alone. The top LBs are all risky. RoMac is suspended; Durant and Sean Lee are both injury prone. didn't improve much in 2015, and got snubbed after New Orleans in 2015. Several young guys with a chance to step up, but stepping up hasn't been a common sight on this defense the last several years. The lack of strength, and inability to stay healthy, are sores this team must face with or without the suspended players, and the situation on the line won't be helped any by a lack of solid LB play. But I realize that I'm in the minority here.

    Ian Koplowitz ( @BleedingTheStar ) – By bringing on Justin Durant, I think you can safely take the room out of consideration here. So having said that, you have to say that defensive end is the most questionable position heading into camp. Even with Demarcus Lawrence tallying 8 sacks last season, everyone after him is a question mark. In a league ruled by passing, arguably the most important aspect of playing defense is getting to the quarterback. If these defensive ends can't find a way to do that, it could be a long year.

    ~ ~ ~

    Here are the categories still to come this week…

    Part One: Best Position Battle
    Part Two: Biggest Name to be Cut
    Part Three: Strongest Position
    Favorite Dark Horse – Fri
    Most Likely Starting Job Change – Sat

    All of this, and much more, as helps get you ready for another season of football!

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    George Johnson

    RJ Ochoa: Lalalala. You must not have read or believe what the coaches have said about K Moore. You are letting your eyes deceive you or listening to the comments of many so called experts, because he looks like the equipment manager not an NFL QB and also has physical limitations for an NFL QB. The Dallas coaches who should be some of the best experts have said K Moore can play in the NFL. They have said he is smart/instinctive and knows how to play. They have said they think he will make a good backup for T Romo. They have said he can do things that can't be coached. A significant compliment that you don't hear about many QBs. They have said the receivers like playing with him and have confidence in him. They said his arm is not the strongest in the NFL but is STRONG ENOUGH. They have also said he makes up for not having the strongest arm with his accuracy, timing and uncanny anticipation. They said he played well in 2015 and moved the ball well but made two many mistakes. They expect him to improve on his mistakes. I would add his mistakes/deficiencies were uncharacteristic for K Moore, he was playing for the first time against first team defenses and he had limited reps to get ready to play, so yes I would agree he is likely to improve on his mistakes/deficiencies. I agree with you that the backup QB is a critical position on the roster but I don't think this is the Cowboys weakest position. I think you will start changing your mind about K Moore with his performances in preseason games. I also think if K Moore has to take over for T Romo, he can win some games and have good QB stats. One thing to keep in mind is K Moore has always played way better than anyone thinks he can play including the coaches. I think this has a lot to do with his QB smarts/instincts and outstanding pocket passing skills/abilities which shine in game situations but less in practice.