The Cowboys’ defense needs a boost

The Dallas Cowboys need a strong defensive line.

The Dallas Cowboys have struggled against the run in recent years and are still learning how to get pressure on the quarterback.

The team will take a look at defensive line depth at this year’s NFL draft, but general manager Jerry Jones said on Tuesday that the team is looking to add a strong, two-gap linebacker, perhaps a free safety, to the roster.

Jones said the Cowboys will be looking to fill out the defensive line this offseason, and that he expects to be able to do so without having to sign a free agent.

“We want to be competitive with the other teams,” Jones said.

“The one thing we need to do, obviously, is to make sure we have a strong foundation.

We’ll get a strong core in place.”

Jones also mentioned defensive tackle Gerald Hodges as a possibility to be a free-agent addition.

Jones also said the team may use its first-round pick on a safety.

The Cowboys are expected to use the first pick in the draft to select the defensive tackle or safety, and Jones said the club will take an early look at the player.

“If there’s a player who’s going to make a difference, who’s a guy who can really play, we’ll look at him and see if we can get him at that spot,” Jones told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“We have a great foundation there and a lot of good talent on the defensive side of the ball.”

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