Maybe it’s just the state of the Cowboys’ defense, or maybe Rolando McClain can really play.
Either way, the twice-retired No. 8-overall pick is a starter again, after not playing since 2012.
According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bruce Carter said he was starting on the strong side, McClain in the middle and Justin Durant on the weak side.
Durant spent most of the preseason practicing in the middle, though he has the versatility McClain doesn’t. But team owner Jerry Jones declared McClain “very impressive” this preseason, and that endorsement means a lot.
But they were clearly hoping McClain could win the job, based mostly on the lack of impact players on their defense.
If McClain is engaged and motivated, he could be a solid player for them. Remaining that way has always been the challenge, however.