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Cowboys Camp: First Look At The Starting Defense

The Dallas Cowboys had a real football practice yesterday. Yes, it's okay to be excited about it even if it was only a walk through.

With the first practice comes our first look at what the coaches believe to be their starting units, if they were to build a on day one. For the most part, there weren't any surprises with who lined up with the first unit. Still, there is still some interesting analysis to be drawn from the Cowboys initial starting .

As you can deduce from David Helman's tweet, the Cowboys first defense was their current nickel set. In the , there isn't much to discuss. and are the starting safeties, as we expected. and are the starting cornerbacks, with working in the slot.

Scandrick and Carroll should both be on notice, however, as rookie corners and may be gunning for their spots during the season.

is absent from the starting linebackers, but that was to be anticipated. , a serviceable player, and , the best defensive player on the team, are the starting backers.

Up front is where things get more interesting.

Second year stud and former Eagle line up on the inside, while and begin at . Crawford spent time both inside and out in 2016, moving around the as needed.

Lawrence is an intriguing case. If healthy, he may be the best defensive end on the Cowboys roster. The problem is, he simply has not been able to stay healthy. With nagging back issues we are right to question if Lawrence can hold up for an entire season.

If he can, however, he should be a productive defensive end for the Cowboys in 2017. If they can somehow get 6-8 from DeMarcus Lawrence, the outlook for this defense will change drastically.

The only change I anticipate from now to week one, barring , is at left defensive end. I really do expect to win the job by the end of camp. If not by then, I think he will be the Cowboys main LDE by the middle of this season. Maybe I am being a little to rash in my , but I do like what Taco can bring.

For now, though, Tyrone Crawford holds the spot and a chance to be the full time starter. Another player to look out for to overtake a defensive end spot would be , who reportedly spent all of day one getting reps at RDE.

It will certainly be a lot of fun to watch and see how the defensive lineup unfolds throughout the rest of and .

What do you think?

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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