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DSF Mailbag: Weakest position group headed into week one?

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DSF Mailbag: Weakest position group headed into week one?

What position group concerns you the most heading into week 1?

Griffin: After years of never having to worry about the offensive line, it may be the weakness of the entire team going into the season. Travis Fredrick retiring hurt the team immensely, losing an All-Pro center after an incredible career. To make matters worse, La’el Collins, the starting right tackle, was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least three games. This leaves Zach Martin and an often injured Tyron Smith to lead the offensive line. With all the great wide receivers Dak Prescott has been provided with, his protection needs to hold up. I am not sure it will be able to do so as dominant as we have seen in the past.

Mason: Easily, the position group I am most concerned about is the defensive backs. Outside of the depth free agent signings and rookie draft picks this starting secondary is the same that we saw on a lackluster defense last year, with losses of Byron Jones and Jeff Heath. However, am more worried for the safeties rather than the cornerbacks because it stands now Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson are the starters. For Woods, he has always been a solid player but as a fan you really would like to see him take that next step in his career. For Thompson, I think the idea of him starting for a team would scare anybody, but he has had a good enough camp to beat out the likes of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix so maybe he’ll prove us wrong. I am hoping that the new coaching staff can help the core of guys in this secondary improve from where they were, but considering how they looked last season you can’t blame anyone for having concerns.

Who has the chance to have the better season? Trevon Diggs or CeeDee Lamb?

Griffin: Jerry Jones and company did an incredible job acquiring Lamb and Diggs in the 2020 NFL Draft, both players they considered worthy of a first-round pick, in the first two rounds. However, it is hard to see a world where Diggs is more successful than Lamb in year one. Mainly because of the talent surrounding the wide receiver compared to the secondary. Diggs is going to start on what is a young and banged-up defensive back group. The unit is also still a work in progress and will need to prove itself as successful. There will be some rough patches along the way. Lamb, on the other hand, will just be another superstar in an already elite-level offense. The hype for three 1,000 yard receivers is real in Kellen Moore’s offense.

Mason: CeeDee Lamb because, if nothing else, he is going to have more opportunities. Lamb right now is an obvious starter on a high-powered offense and could easily see himself in the conversation for OROY by the end of the season. As for Trevon Diggs, I am very high on him but his snaps will be somewhat limited this season because of who is ahead of him at corner. He is going to have to win the starting role over Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown, which is not impossible but it will take some time for him to do that. While I think both rookies will have great seasons, CeeDee Lamb has the best chance to have the better season.

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