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    Cowboys Nation Chooses Defensive Ends to Start 2016

    By now, if you're a loyal follower of the , you are already tired of the team's off season talk being centered around the dreary situation and the Cowboys' finds themselves in entering 2016.

    Particularly, Dallas' has been tightly scrutinized, after an already unproven unit suffered to and .

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    While I am not as pessimistic as most about the current state of the Cowboys' pass rushers, the unit will certainly face an uphill battle to perform at a level capable of bringing this team to where they want to go.

    That journey for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys will officially begin on September 11th against the . Must-follow Cowboys analyst Dan Turner recently took to to ask who will be getting after Eli Manning when the game actually means something at that night.

    Here are the results for the right and left positions:

    Before we break down these results further, it is important to always remember how relative of a term “starter” is when it comes to defensive linemen in Marinelli's scheme. The third-year is known for sending waves of “rushmen” after the , constantly throwing different looks at opposing offenses.

    With that, there is a strong chance that all six above players will see snaps at defensive end for the Cowboys as early as week one. According to fans, getting the first crack on the right side (against Giants' LT Ereck Flowers – who looked silly in this game last year against Randy Gregory) will be the newly acquired .

    In limited time with the Seahawks and Raiders, Mayowa has not proven much in his short NFL career outside of the ability to play with a high motor and rush with speed around the .

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    Mayowa will be a guy to keep a close eye on during this summer, after he was taken out of minicamp with a knee injury. The Cowboys will be the first team that Mayowa gets a significant opportunity to develop with, and the young athletic stud could end up being a hidden gem on the right side of the defensive line.

    On the left side, DeMarcus Lawrence hopes to return in week 5 to reclaim the position that he dominated in during the second half of the 2015 season. Until then, it is no surprise to see becoming the fan's pick to fill in on that side of the field.

    Irving has forced the Cowboys to take notice of him ever since joining the team after week 3 of the 2015 season via the ' . With all the physical attributes and ability to wreak havoc on Marinelli's defensive front, Irving did just that with his chances lined up at defensive .

    Now, with the position being one of the stronger spots for this Dallas defense, David Irving could be called upon to disrupt plays from the far left end spot. This is a desirable position for the long-armed Irving, who can help the Cowboys while putting pressure on quarterbacks with adequate speed around the edge.

     

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    With and expected to start next to each other in the middle of the Cowboys 4-3 alignment, the results of this fan would see a starting defensive line of – from right to left – Benson Mayowa, Cedric Thornton, Tyrone Crawford, and David Irving.

    While I'm not here to say that those four players are going to be the reason the Cowboys' beat the Giants to open their season, it is certainly a promising group full of potential. With the likes of , Ryan Russell, and rookie also ready to prove themselves at defensive end as well, the Cowboys defensive line is going to be out to prove a lot of people wrong – and very well may do that starting soon.

    Who would you choose to start at defensive end for the Cowboys in week 1? Let us know! Comment below to share your thoughts, or email me at sean.martin@insidethestar.com!

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Kevin Black

    I think you'll see Mayowa and the right side and Russell on the left, with Irving being moved all over the defensive line. On pass rush downs, you can put Irving at any position along the line and he should succeed. He's the perfect person to give a rest on those downs to whoever needs it with almost no drop-off in ability. I just don't see Marinelli pigeon holing Irving into just one position.