In a time full of unknowns, at least there's a slight bit of clarity about the Cowboys' defensive end position.

Coming out of this year's draft, that's perhaps the one spot that looks like a weak link on this current roster. The Cowboys did draft a defensive end, but they waited all the way until the fifth round to select Bradlee Anae. They signed All-Pro Aldon Smith, but it has been almost five years since the veteran pass rusher has played a game. He also has yet to be reinstated from an indefinite suspension by the NFL. The same can be said for Randy Gregory.

The other primary candidate to man the right defensive end position is Tyrone Crawford, and it's been a long road for him, as well.

Crawford spoke briefly with DallasCowboys.com last week during the team's official schedule release show, and he gave a positive update on where he stands on his offseason recovery.