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Cowboys run defense: Why hasn’t this player been addressed yet?

With a very active start to the for the , one problem that still lingers is stopping the run.

The team re-signed rusher on Wednesday. Jonathan Hankins, the defensive the team traded for in October, remains unsigned.

The one glaring weakness of the we've all come to grasp with is the ability to stop the run. Dallas signed some depth this week, which was another issue of concern, but now its time to address this issue.

It is time to to either re-sign Hankins or start finding a replacement.

That replacement could be a current , or the team could find him through the draft.

Hankins missed the end of the with a pectoral strain suffered in 's win over Houston, but was able to return for the .

Johnathan Hankins

He wasn't a superstar for the team in his time with them last season but made 7 solo tackles in three regular season starts.

In the Super round, he also had a sack in the Cowboys' 31-14 win over the .

He's not a player that is supposed to jump off the stat sheet. Hankins is a big body to help clog the middle so the team doesn't get shredded by the run.

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A few reports have noted that he isn't ready to sign anywhere yet. I don't know why that is, but for a veteran minimum deal, I would be all for it.

Last week I noted a few possible players the team could keep an eye on. Names such as Calais Campbell and Poona Ford. Both are .

Ford is your typical run stuffer. He finished the year with three and 14 hurries for the . He is 5'11, and 310 pounds. Ford is a player I only knew a little about once.

I quickly learned he does exactly what he needs to do.

Hankins is 31, though, so age plays a factor in their decision if they don't sign him Hankins back. If that is the case, Campbell probably wouldn't be signed. That leaves Ford, who is only 27.

This is the best off-season the Jones family has had in YEARS. I can't remember the last time I could talk highly about the moves they've made.

They are filling out the roster nicely.

Doing so now allows them to go into the draft with no real weaknesses or holes throughout the roster.

This draft can now be about the depth and adding players for insurance. It will be interesting to see how they handle it.

Do they take the best available, regardless of position? Or do they look to take a player of the highest need?

Nonetheless, we are all in the same boat until we hear some news on the move at .

The next biggest weakness, stopping the run. Hope the news is soon.

It has been a great off-season with the additions of and —re-signing , , and tagging .

For the first time in a long time, I am excited about this team two months after the season ended.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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