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Wondering if the Cowboys would look at deal for Greg Hardy

Does it make sense for the Cowboys to do a deal with Greg Hardy sooner rather than later? AP Photo/Brandon Wade

IRVING, Texas -- The regular season is upon us so it's time for Five Wonders to go weekly instead of intermittently like in the offseason.

There are plenty of things to wonder about: What will be the Dallas Cowboys' final record? Will they make the playoffs? Can they get to a Super Bowl?

In this week's offering, however, we are taking slightly smaller view wonders.

Away we go:

  • I thought there would have been more discussions about a long-term deal for defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford leading up to the first game of the regular season. The Cowboys have made it clear they view Crawford as a defensive cornerstone for years to come, and they have taken care of those types of things in training camp, like with Sean Lee and Tyron Smith. So that has me wondering about another defensive lineman: Greg Hardy. He's on a one-year deal and will miss the first four games due to a suspension. The Cowboys have lauded Hardy's work. His teammates like him. You don't get a chance for pass-rushers like Hardy often or at all in free agency. Does it make sense for the Cowboys to do a deal with Hardy sooner rather than later? It doesn't need to be out-of-this-world in terms of guaranteed money, but enough to make Hardy open to wanting to be a Cowboy for the long-term. Just a wonder.

  • I wonder if Dez Bryant comes out with a nine-catch, 128-yard, two-touchdown performance Sunday against the New York Giants, if everybody will say, 'Who needs training camp?' Bryant was involved in just 12 practices during training camp (10 in Oxnard, California, two back in Texas) after suffering a hamstring strain. Does anybody wonder if he will be game ready even with lack of preseason work? Some players need the grind of training camp to get ready. Sean Lee is one of those guys. Bryant is so gifted that there's just a feeling he can wake up from a month off and be the best player on the field.

  • We hear it every year from every team about how difficult the final cuts can be. Maybe it’s more the emotions involved because you ask the players to work so hard and sacrifice so much only to tell them they’re not good enough to make the team. But I wonder if there has to be at least a little double-taking going on that none of the 20 players cut Saturday by the Cowboys were claimed by another team over the weekend. Some were added to practice squads, but none were claimed off waivers and put on a 53-man roster. That surprised me and has me wondering if the depth of the roster isn't as good as many believe. On Monday, defensive end Lavar Edwards, who was waived Sunday by the Cowboys, was claimed by the Oakland Raiders.

  • I wonder who is No. 53 on the Cowboys’ roster. No, not uniform No. 53, but the 53rd player on the 53-man roster. The Cowboys went heavy at defensive tackle and there probably isn’t a need for six defensive tackles. There’s no doubt Davon Coleman and Ken Bishop were among the Cowboys best 53 players but if the Cowboys need a roster spot for another position to can they justify having that many tackles? On Monday, No. 53 was linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who was let go when the Cowboys claimed tackle Jordan Mills. He will make $2 million from the Cowboys and not play a down for them. It’s hard to find quality defensive linemen, so I think Coleman and Bishop would be safe. Danny McCray? Tyler Clutts? Devin Street? Geoff Swaim? If the Cowboys do need a roster spot, it might come down to who they think they will have a better chance of getting back on the roster at a later point.

  • Speaking of defensive tackles, I wonder if Ben Gardner wasn't included on the practice squad because it's too difficult to get 11 defensive linemen work during practice. Gardner is certainly practice-squad worthy. He might not have all the measurables to make him a top prospect, but he has skills that can be worked on and he can help a scout team. But if you have 11 defensive linemen on the active roster it's hard to justify keeping another one on the practice squad when you need to fill needs elsewhere.