5 questions for training camp

More often than not, identifying questions facing teams at the start of training camp is fairly easy. There are departed players who need to be replaced and holes in the lineup that need to be filled. But in the case of the 2010 Cowboys, additional scrutiny is required.

Finding holes in the Dallas lineup is like looking for a supermodel's bad side or a print John Daly won't wear in his golf pants.

Local and national media alike recognize that the Cowboys are loaded going into the 2010 season, and the number of pundits predicting the team will end up as the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its own stadium continues to grow. With that in mind, what questions need to be answered in training camp?

#5. WHAT WILL THE RB ROTATION LOOK LIK THIS SEASON?
During the 2009 season, Felix Jones was the most dangerous runner the Cowboys had, averaging 1.5 yards per carry more than Marion Barber did during the regular season (5.9 yards per carry for Jones, compared to 4.4 per carry for Barber). Barber's contract is such that he probably will remain the starter, but Jones and Tashard Choice likely will get more playing time.

#4. WHO WILL BE THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CORNERBACKS?
Because Dallas has two safeties — Alan Ball and rookie Akwasi Owusu-Ansah — who have played cornerback, there's a real chance the team will carry only five cornerbacks this year (the team usually has carried six in years past). Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and presumably Orlando Scandrick are locks to make the team. Cletis Gordon has a leg up on the competition, with four seasons on his NFL résumé, but rookies Jamar Wall and Bryan McCann also had their moments in mini-camps and OTAs. This battle likely will come down to the very end of training camp, and could well be settled by determining which player(s) can contribute more on special teams.

#3. WHEN WILL DEZ START?
Barring an injury to either Miles Austin or Roy Williams, probably not this season. Austin is a rising star, and owner Jerry Jones already has said he expects Williams to start, which might well be Jones's effort to justify the three picks he traded for Williams. But that "reserve" label will be on paper only. Bryant dazzled in mini-camps and OTAs, and probably already is the third- or maybe already second-best wide receiver on the roster. Look for Bryant to be among the team leaders in receptions and receiving yards, and to be among the top rookie wideouts in the NFL in his first season.

#2. WILL DAVID BUEHLER REALLY BE THE TEAM'S KICKER?
The big-legged rookie from USC handled kickoffs last year, but when Nick Folk was sent packing, the team brought back Shaun Suisham, rather than handing the job to Buehler. Over the offseason, Buehler has been working with former Dallas kicker Chris Boniol to refine his technique. But will that be enough, or will the team sign a veteran kicker?

#1. HOW LONG WILL PATRICK CRAYTON BE AROUND?
After six seasons in Dallas, Crayton was wanting a bigger role in the offense but watched the team draft Bryant in the first round. With Austin, Williams and Bryant, Crayton is — at best — the team's fourth receiver, and that's not even considering the improvement shown by 2009 rookie Kevin Ogletree. If he can accept a reduced role, Crayton might be a Cowboy for another year, but if not, don't be surprised to see the team try to find him a new home.

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