Jones offers backhanded compliment to Bruce Carter

AP

Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter could end up losing the starting job as the team’s weakside linebacker.  If he does, owner/G.M. Jerry Jones has an explanation for it.

“He will never play at the level of his expectation or the fans’ expectation or the coaches expectations because he’s absolutely one of the best athletes in the NFL,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Ft. Worth, via the Dallas Morning News.  “He’s fast and he’s got the size, so all of that ought to make him ideally suited for certainly our weakside linebacker position.”

Carter’s status could hinge on Rolando McClain.  If the twice-unretired McClain wins the starting job as the team’s middle linebacker, Justin Durant could move outside to Carter’s spot.

“I think you’ll see a lot of him,” Jones said of Carter.  “Whether or not it’s as a ‘starter’ or not, I couldn’t tell you at this time, but I’m glad we got him.”

The bigger problem for the Cowboys is that they don’t have enough highly-talented players on defense.  On paper, the unit looks even worse than last year’s bunch, which performed at historically bad levels.