Dallas Cowboys Weekly Mailbag: Jabril Cox, KaVontae Turpin and more

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The Dallas Cowboys Mailbag with John Herndon tackles topics such as when will Jabril Cox be part of the defensive rotation, will KaVontae Turpin be used as more than a returner, and trading for a young DT.

Plenty of people have been calling for Jabril Cox to get snaps on the defense and it understandable but the depth at linebacker have the young backer from LSU caught up in a numbers game.

The resigning of Leighton Vander Esch and the free agent addition of Anthony Barr are used in base defense while neither are as fast as Jabril Cox but are bigger.

Vander Esch has been heavily criticized and unfairly too. He is putting together the best season of football since his rookie year.

The Dallas Cowboys Mailbag with John Herndon tackles topics such as when will Jabril Cox be part of the defensive rotation

Dan Quinn deploys what is called the big nickel. Three safeties along side two linebackers. Cox plays the linebacker position but he is built more like a safety. The play of Dovovan Wilson, Jayron Kearse, Malik Hooker with  Israel Mukuamu and  Markquese Bell have created a logjam.

Jabril Cox time will come but I seriously doubt it will be this year unless the Cowboys have a serious injury.  The untimely injury last year slowed his developmental.  He is getting meaningful snaps on special teams and that is progress.

Just like Jabril Cox I don’t know how much playing time Jalen Tolbert will carve out. The early injury during camp has him behind the eight ball. Special teams is his way to get snaps. I believe Dallas is looking forward to return of James Washington than believing a rookie will help them this year. he is a proven WR and with the return of Dak Prescott. This will be the best QB Washington has played with.

KaVontae Turpin has proven to be a electric returner and I don’t see that role changing anything soon. I know people want to see him be the hack to the Cowboys offense but there is a risk in playing him at WR.

I do understand that is risk playing football period but if KaVontae Turpin goes down who does Dallas have that can equal him as a returner on special teams? No one. I expect his role may expand later on but right now he is the primary return.

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