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    Will Reinforcements Improve The Cowboys Defense?

    I don't really know what the expectations were for the heading into the 2017 season, but their performance has likely fallen below those expectations through the first four weeks. We can blame it on injuries, the influx of youth, or the players the Cowboys lost through , but something needs to change and quickly.

    Fortunately, there is really nowhere to go except up from here. I mean things of course could get worse, but there has been positive signs that has the arrow trending upwards.

    For instance, has been absolutely dominant as a pass rusher and a few of the rookies have far exceeded any expectations we probably had for them. Things might not be as bleak as we think.

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    We are all probably still in shock over what happened against the last week and how the Cowboys defense let the game slip through their fingers. That's only natural, but it's important to remember that this isn't the same Rams team we are used to. They have already won almost as many games as they're used to winning in an entire season, and have looked pretty good doing it. I think it's important to keep that in mind, especially in regards to the Cowboys defense.

    Fortunately though, reinforcements are on the way on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys. These players should help solidify things in both the running and , and not a moment too soon.

    No player is probably more important for the Cowboys defense then Sean Lee. His absence last week against the Rams really hurt the overall performance of the entire defense. I can almost guarantee that wouldn't have racked up as many yards on the ground or through the air with #50 in the lineup. Sean Lee is that good!

    Sean Lee might not be the only linebacker to return to the lineup. Word is Anthony Hitchens is nearly at full strength and could make his season debut against the Packers. He was making plays all over the field before his , and I don't expect that to change once he returns. Of course, the Cowboys may decide to hold him out until after their .

    David Irving, Packers David Irving will also be able to make his 2017 season debut after serving his four-game . Irving's versatility to play anywhere along the will be a much-needed boost to the entire unit. One of his best games last year was against the Packers, and you can bet he wants a repeat performance this Sunday.

    Reinforcements should also be added to the Cowboy . Nolan Carroll and Chidobe Awuzie are both looking as if they will finally be healthy enough to rejoin the roster this week against the Packers. It's unclear what the roles may be, but having the CB position at full strength against and his pass happy is never a bad thing.

    Now, there is no way of knowing if the reinforcements for the Cowboys defense will improve the unit or not, but it's important in the fact that they are going to finally be at full strength. The defensive improvement may be hard to notice this week against a high-powered Packers offense, but I believe they will be better nonetheless.

    Will the reinforcements improve the Cowboys defense?

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    Bryan Case

    Nice to see some of those faces coming back, although I frankly would rather see Nolan Carroll off the roster entirely. If we can keep Chido healthy, we can really start to see what our future secondary will be able to accomplish. It may take a game or two for any of the returning guys to make a significant difference, except for Sean Lee, who onl y missed the one game. Hitchens stands to make the biggest impact I think, assuming the level we were seeing in the preseason holds true. Should especially help our run defense a ton! Also give Smith a chance to learn and get better on a more limited basis, which is a good thing I think. Not loving Tapper getting hurt, I think he was going to have to replace Taco on the roster, he was productive in the limited snaps he received. Hopefully Irving gets his game on quickly, as a line up of him, Lawrence, and Collins should be able to ramp up the pressure on the QB’s a lot. Might be time to let Mayowa ride the pine for a game or two, that seemed to properly motivate him last season. We will learn a lot about this defense’s resolve in the next few weeks. Good win this Sunday, and the train is back on the tracks again.