Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered questions during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:
Question: Do you think this defense will improve speed wise? I see a young secondary that’s a little faster and has better hands.
Matt Mosley: It’s really hard to say about the linebackers because we don’t know what form of Jaylon Smith we’ll see. If he’s 90 percent of the Notre Dame guy, there will be a nice speed increase. That player was phenomenal. I think the secondary will be lacking in experience, but we’ll quickly see the increase in athleticism. And as much as I’ve been cynical about Jeff Heath, I think his ball skills are better than Church’s. It’s not like this former secondary had a lot of takeaways. Taco will bring decent speed to the edge. He’s not overly explosive at this point, though.
Question: Will the 5th preseason game have a positive or negative effect on Dallas? Or any at all?
Matt Mosley: Preseason is about survival, for the most part. It might help with this young secondary. Give them some more reps. Being prepared to play a HOF game after less than two weeks of camp is pretty silly by the NFL. But I bet the paint on the field will be ready this year. It will help other teams get an early look at the Cowboys’ roster.
Question: Is Jason Witten still a top 5 TE in the NFL?
Matt Mosley: Probably not of the currents TEs, but he’s still a really effective weapon. Witten’s never been a huge TD guy, but he and Beasley will continue to be Dak’s favorite third-down targets. Witten uses his intellect more than his athleticism at this…
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