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DC: Power Rankings: Another Look At The Injured D-Line

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  1. CCBoy

    CCBoy Well-Known Member

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    Power Rankings: Another Look At The Injured D-Line
    Posted 13 hours ago

    By DallasCowboys.com Report
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/a...d-D-Line/1d8523af-f971-43d4-b679-a305534725f2

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    ...Nick Eatman:
    Like all positions, injuries create difficulty in these rankings. Guys like Lawrence and Spencer are in the plans so that’s why I feel like they’ve got to be in the top 8-10 spots. And who knows what happens if/when Josh Brent gets here. There is likely a spot for him as well. I’ll be interested to see if he’s better than Coleman or Bishop at the DT spot. Another player that is tough to grade is Crawford, who currently doesn’t work with the first unit but he’s such a valued player because he plays both spots. I ranked him fourth but from a value standpoint, he might be the second-best behind Melton.

    Bryan Broaddus: It has been disappointing to see this group try and get itself in shape without DeMarcus Lawrence, Terrell McClain and now George Selvie in the lineup. Henry Melton has been improving and in the last two practices, is finally playing like the type of player that we thought he might be. He is playing with much more confidence and quickness. If there is a bright spot with the injuries it has been the amount of snaps that Davon Coleman and Ken Bishop have been able to get. There hasn’t been a practice where one of them has not done something that caught my eye in a positive way.

    Rowan Kavner: Guys need to get healthy. That much is clear when making this list. It’s difficult to slot in Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Lawrence. PUP is a real possibility for the first guy, but they’re not getting rid of Lawrence, so a roster spot has to go to him. That could be harmful for guys like Bush and Boatright and other young players who have flashed some real potential. Wilson seems to be getting more comfortable on the defensive line, and Coleman remains a really intriguing player on the inside of the line. The Cowboys are going to need a lot out of Mincey early on this year...
  2. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Any team where Hayden is considered your #5 DL is in trouble.
  3. starfrombirth

    starfrombirth Well-Known Member

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    I agree with you.... i think... I know that it got really rough for him at times last year but I wonder how much of his problems were due to not getting a break. Think about it. He took almost every single defensive snap. That's ridiculous! I'm hoping that he is just a quality backup this year and if you look at it like that, where he is behind the starting 4, then his ranking isn't quite so bad. My starting for would be Crawford.. Melton.. Coleman.. Selvie.. but hey, I'm not the coach so.......
  4. Doc50

    Doc50 Original Fan Zone Supporter

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    Interesting to note that in this picture everyone has the rigid hinged knee brace. It's fairly reliable in preventing the major ligamental injuries (ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL); I've never understood why teams haven't mandated their usage on such valuable assets, from high school on. They're really not uncomfortable with the right fit.

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