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Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights:
Question: If the entire NFL were to hold its own fantasy draft based purely on skill — no contracts — which Cowboy would go first: Ezekiel Elliott or Zack Martin?
Machota: Martin. Like Ezekiel Elliott, Martin is arguably the best in the league at his position. While Elliott has a more noticeable impact because he often has the ball in his hands, Martin does the dirty work at an elite level. For me, it comes down to the length of the player’s prime. Running backs rarely dominate for a decade. I feel strongly that you can bank on Martin being dominant for that long, if not longer. If the league was having an “everyone included, start every franchise from scratch” draft, not many running backs would be going early. But Zeke obviously would be one of them.
Question: Do you think a camp kicker could take Brett Maher’s spot like he did to Dan Bailey, or is Dallas pretty set with him?
Machota: At the moment, I believe they are set with Maher. But that can change quickly if he struggles the way Bailey did during last year’s camp. And if they’re willing to cut Bailey, one of the most accurate kickers in league history, they’ll do the same with Maher or anyone else. If Maher takes care of business and continues the accuracy he showcased during last year’s camp, he’ll be the Cowboys’ kicker for the second consecutive season.
Question: Have the Cowboys lightened the load on Tyron Smith this offseason in hopes of keeping him more healthy? Or do they plan to?
Machota: They have, but they’ve done similar in previous offseasons and training camps and Smith has still missed time. He has missed three games in each of the last three seasons. They’ll do everything possible to keep him healthy. That’s his No. 1 goal of camp, get to Week 1 without any nagging injuries or setbacks. If he is to miss time at any point, though, the Cowboys are in pretty solid shape having Cameron Fleming and Connor Williams available to play left tackle if needed.
Question: Which WRs are on the biggest bubble heading into training camp?
Machota: If I was ranking them right now, entering camp, I’d go Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, Jon’Vea Johnson, Cedrick Wilson, Reggie Davis, Jalen Guyton, Devin Smith. They’ll probably keep five, but maybe six. Cooper, Cobb and Gallup are all locks. After that, the final two or three spots are up for grabs. None of the others have secured anything up to this point. I’d think at least one of the others will be a veteran and another will be a player with good speed and downfield playmaking ability.
Question: Who do you think signs first between Julio, Amari and Michael Thomas?
Machota: There’s really no way of knowing at this point, but I’ll go with a guess of Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and then Amari Cooper last.
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