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Nick Eatman continues his series on roster positions over at Today it's the running backs, probably one of the most settled positions on the Cowboys' roster. Still, Eatman does yeoman's work in analyzing the situation. Here's the money quote:

Barring any unforeseen occurrences, the Cowboys should begin and end training camp with Jones, Barber and Thompson as their top three backs. Now in what order they appear on the depth chart is another matter.

But as we've already seen, particularly last year, Parcells is not too concerned with order at all. He used Jones and Barber in a variety of roles. At different points during the season, both players found themselves starting in front of the other. Parcells also used both guys to finish games as well.

The only question is can Julius stay healthy and will Parcells feature a 2-back attack next year or will he rely on JJ to be the workhorse. We can't start evaluating that until next year starts.

Pro Footbal Weekly does a standard end of year review of the Cowboys. Surprise, surprise, guess what they say are the positions of need?

Atop its list would be to improve the O-line (right tackle, center and OG depth), add a cover safety, find a reliable kicker and improve the versatility and depth at linebacker.

Football Outsiders via Fox Sports has an end of the season review, too. Un-money quote:

More than likely, the Cowboys will bring in another group of rookies and veterans who can be had for the league minimum to compete for the honor of raising Parcells' blood pressure during field goal attempts in 2006.

Wrong. I have faith that Jerry and Bill will put our kicking woes to rest this year by investing a little cash in a competent veteran. Longwell, Vanderjagt, Vinateri, Nedney; any of those will do.

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