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4 Unanswered Questions Ahead of Cowboys Training Camp

After this week's short mini-camp, there will be a long wait until the training camp finally kicks off. Unfortunately, that means there isn't going to be a lot going on until training camp gets underway. But, there are quite a few unanswered questions that still need to be answered.

Today, I want to focus on some of these unanswered questions to give you all something to think about while we wait for the Dallas Cowboys training camp to finally get here. I've narrowed it down to my top four, but please feel free to use the comment section at the end of the article to share any questions or concerns you may have.

Let's get started…

Who's the Starting 1-Technique?

Brian Price
Dallas Cowboys DT

As things stand right now, the Dallas Cowboys have tremendous depth on the . They are completely stacked at and have a plethora of players who can play the 3-technique, but the same can't be said about their 1-technique options.

Before the Dallas Cowboys training camp officially gets underway, it looks as if Brian Price is the favorite to start on the inside of the DL at the 1-tech. He performed admirably last season in the same role, but isn't what you would call a difference maker. He is serviceable, but isn't going to be an impactful player.

The time between now and when training camp begins might be a good time for the Cowboys to reevaluate their stance on a big bodied/space eating DT. Jonathan Hankins is the best still available and he would be an immediate upgrade over Price. It's unlikely the Cowboys make any moves, but Hankins is someone I am going to keep an eye on because he would immediately be the best 1-tech with the Cowboys.

Who are the Starting Safeties?

Jeff Heath
Dallas Cowboys S

Out of all the positions on the Dallas Cowboys roster, the position might be the thinnest. With moving back to , someone is going to have to step up and start next to Jeff Heath, who should reprise his starting role.

It's going to be really interesting to see how decides to deploy his starting safeties in 2018. He really doesn't have very many options to choose from and doesn't have the talent he had when he was with the .

The door isn't completely shut on possibly adding , but I think it's highly unlikely. That means second-year DB and are the best options currently on the roster to start next to Heath. We could see some kind of rotation with the safeties this season, but hopefully someone will take advantage of their opportunity in training camp and separate themselves from the competition.

Who Replaces Jason Witten at TE?

Blake Jarwin
Dallas Cowboys TE (Kevin Terrell via AP)

First off, there isn't anyone who can replace someone like on or off the field. He is the epitome of what you want in a player and those kind of athletes are hard to come by. But, someone is going to have to try to replace some of  his production.

Right now, is the only TE on the Cowboys roster with a career catch in the NFL. It's a little worrisome to think about all of the inexperience at the position, but it also makes it a little exciting to find out how all of this will turn out.

The Dallas Cowboys need to find a quality starter. They ask their TEs to do a lot within the offensive scheme. They need to be efficient as both a blocker and receiver. Swaim has proven to be a good blocker, but not so much as a receiver so far. has shown flashes as a receiver, but leaves a lot to be desired as a blocker. Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schulz have a chance to be the “complete package”, but may need time to develop.

Who Fits Where at Wide Receiver?

Michael Gallup
Dallas Cowboys WR

With so many new faces at the position for the Dallas Cowboys it is nearly impossible to accurately predict who is going to fit where this season. The only thing we know right now is that will likely be the only WR on the roster who has played a significant role with the Cowboys in the past. ' future with the team is somewhat in doubt with his recent off the field mishap.

Now that is gone, the Dallas Cowboys probably aren't going to have a true #1 WR. I personally don't think they need one, but that's just my . I believe they can be just as productive without a #1 WR and be just as productive in the . In order to do that though, they need to find some solid production from some of these new faces.

, Michael Gallup, , , among others will all have to be productive in their first year in Dallas. I don't expect any one of them to replace Dez Bryant on their own, but collectively they have to work well with and become dependable week after week. That's the only way the Cowboys don't become one-dimensional as an this season.

What unanswered questions do you have ahead of the Dallas Cowboys training camp?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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Chuck Wright

WHile in general I loved Da Boys draft, leaving a glaring hole at the 1 is just brain dead stupid. Quality 1 makes the rest of the D better.

WR will be a rubiks cube for a year or two.

TE will be VERY interesting.

Still betting Covington is 1st drafted player cut . .. and sadly there were 1 Techs there.

Russ_Te

2 players who can rise fast at camp if they show that there is a new level on their game: Frazier and Gathers

I think Frazier will compete head on with Heath for starting SS, should be able to win the job. At FS it seems Woods is the designated starter and it depends on him showing he’s ready in camp. Earl Thomas will probably still be available if Woods wiffs it.

So I’m guessing the 2018 starters are Woods and Frazier. Both have upside, Woods a lot of upside.

I just have a feeling Dak is going to lift Gathers into the starting TE job by feeding him the ball in camp. If it works then we divert defensive attention from the WR’s, and everyone benefits from a receiving threat inside. With no premiere WR on the roster, I don’t see a big year in the passing game if nobody is producing at TE.

Reynaldo Laporte

Will Jaylon Smith ever be close to what he was at Notre Dame?
Can Tyron Smith get over this injury bug?

Those are my biggest two.

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