The Cowboys worked LB Rolando McClain in the middle with the 1st team at Tuesday's practice and slid LB Justin Durant out to the weak side. That put regular 1st-team WLB Bruce Carter on the sideline. But does that mean he's being demoted? “No, I don’t think so,” Carter said, via ESPN Dallas. “I just think we need depth. Especially Ro, he
needs to get his reps at Mike. … So they’re just trying, I guess, to see
what the rotations are going to be. I don’t know.” We think Carter's in denial. The Cowboys easily could have slid Durant to the strong side or off the field when getting McClain into the lineup, but they didn't. They removed a guy who never matched his 2013 performance to his considerable talent or his coaches' considerable expectations. It sure seems as though Dallas would prefer to not have to rely on Carter this year. Whether he sticks with the 1st team or not through the rest of camp, Carter doesn't make for much of an IDP target in your fantasy football draft. He began well out of starter range in our 2014 IDP rankings and has slid even further down this week. Carter needs to give us reason for optimism at this point. McClain and Durant, on the other hand, will be worth looks on sheer potential tackle volume if they stick in their Tuesday roles. This is a bad defense that will be on the field a lot.
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