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Twitter mailbag: Final weekend for Cowboys to back their runners

Joseph Randle is expected to be one of the Cowboys' top two RBs in Week 1 against the Giants. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports

IRVING, Texas – Part 1 of the Dallas Cowboys’ Twitter mailbag is ready.

In it we discuss:

Away we go:

@toddarcher: We'll find out this weekend. This will be the final time we'll have to answer this question. I don't see the Cowboys adding a starting type of running back but I can see them adding a complementary type with special teams' ability. That guy wouldn't take the spot of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden or Lance Dunbar at the top of the running back charts. So far the Cowboys haven't made a big splash in free agency, didn't select a runner in the draft and have professed faith in what they have. Will they look for upgrades? Sure, just like they do at any position but I expect Randle and McFadden to be their top two runners on Week 1 against the New York Giants.


@toddarcher: Not that there are any cash rewards for this but I had DeMarcus Lawrence as the Cowboys' best defensive player in training camp. He wasn't flashy but he was solid every day and showed a variety of pass rush moves that gave the tackles and guards fits. It's hard to put a number on his sack total but I would think the Cowboys would be happy with 6-8 in his second year. Remember, he didn't have a sack in seven games as a rookie. He won't wow you with his athleticism but he will be solid against the run and solid in the pass game too.


@toddarcher: That's a really good thought. I do think Gavin Escobar would become that "third receiver" in that scenario but his game is more about the seams and the red zone where Cole Beasley's quickness makes him a threat anywhere underneath. Escobar just can't do those kinds of things, so I think you'd see the Cowboys change their offense some. I think you'd see Lucky Whitehead take some slot snaps but I think Escobar's role would increase.


@toddarcher: If I had to make my best guess right now, I think Byron Jones will eventually start at safety this year. Just a hunch. He's not a nickel defense guy. He is more of a dime, over the tight end. He could be a corner if something happened to Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne. We hear coaches all the time talk about getting the best 11 players on the field. Eventually, I think the Cowboys will view Jones as one of their 11 best players and he will be at safety.


@toddarcher: Hopefully you will allow me to change my mind as we get closer to the game, but even if Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle were healthy, I'd probably pick the Cowboys in the opener. The Cruz match would be difficult without Orlando Scandrick, but I come back to the Cowboys offense: How do the Giants stop Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and the running game? To me the Giants have more questions than the Cowboys right now. So give me the Cowboys in Week 1.