With DeMarcus Lawrence sidelined there is a huge hole at RDE. Jeremy Mincey might be an experienced veteran but I doubt he can replicate his 2011 season in which he totaled 8 sacks with the Jaguars. So who is going to step up?
The Cowboys have looked at 2011 3rd round pick Martez Wilson, UDFA Dartwan Bush, brought in Ken Boatright and flipped George Selvie to RDE to see what he can muster. I have a running 53-man roster (and I will publish this after the Dolphins game in case of changes) and I currently have 2 vacant DE spots. One or two of the aforementioned may rise to the challenge but personally I feel it is likely the front office brings in at least one body to make this roster, whether it be after cuts or via trade.
So after scanning some players who are considered to be on the bubble with their respective teams, here are some names I am looking at again in week 3 of the preseason: Ethan Westbrooks, Michael Sam (STL), Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham (PHI).
Now Westbrooks was a UDFA and Sam a 7th round selection, both players that Dallas could have taken if they thought highly of them. They didn’t, however their play has caught my attention in preseason. If Dallas does acquire either of these players, it would be after being cut.
However Curry and Graham were touted highly coming out of college, selected in the 2nd and 1st rounds, respectively. Neither have lived up to their draft status and would seem more comfortable in the 4-3 than the 3-4 that Chip Kelly is running in Philadelphia. Before the draft, Graham was rumoured to be on the trade block. He has shown glimpses in preseason but the management in Philadelphia must not be sold, I doubt they would change their opinion so quickly after seeing these players day-in-day-out.
So would Kelly trade within the division? How much would you be willing to give up for either of these players? Personally I’d try to give up a 5th and Jermey Parnell, who could provide experienced cover while Lane Johnson serves his suspension for PEDs. Let me know @DCBenMcKeith