Every week from this point on I will try and answer as many questions as I can. If you have a question you would like to be featured in this weekly mailbag email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My first question comes from @Uneek1973 on twitter:
Q: It seems as though the Boys have taken some chances on guys that had a lot of early potential in their careers… Who do you think makes the most impact right away?
A: I think the new Demarcus will. Lawrence can be a guy to be disruptive and most likely will mainly be in the game during pass rushing situations. Lawrence is going to be relied upon give that Spencer will most likely start the season on the PUP list.
Q: With all the changes on the defensive side of the ball (both players and coaching), is it enough to sustain what the offense is going to do to make us a solid team coming out of the NFC?
A: The defense doesn’t have to be much better than it was a season ago to win the NFC East. The problem really lies on how healthy is Tony Romo. Should Weeden have to play significant snaps I don’t see this team doing very well. The changes that were made on defense should be enough to help when the offense is unable to generate points.
Q: Expected red-zone numbers for Dez Bryant in 2014? Not the greatest percentage in 2013, but targeted nearly 21 times I believe. Up, down, same?
A: Dez is one of the absolute best right now in the NFL when it comes to red zone targets. Yes you are right he was targeted 21 times and I expect a slight increase. With Linehan’s use of route combinations, I fully expect him to get a few more targets and hopefully continue his trend of scoring more touchdowns than the season before. He had 13 touchdowns last season and I am hoping for 15 this year.
Q: How much better should people realistically expect this defense to be given the difficult schedule?
A: Yes this schedule is going to be very difficult. With the Cowboys’ top two defensive players gone from a season ago, Rod Marinelli is going to have to get creative. The defensive line should be a lot better this season at getting to the quarterback which will help this secondary that was abused at will a season ago. Overall I think they should be around the 24th or 25th ranked defense in the league.