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Anthony Spencer Officially a Bust?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    No. 1 draft picks are usually reserved for superstars.

    And while they don't all pan out, you have high hopes for them.

    So when the Dallas Cowboys drafted Anthony Spencer out of Purdue in 2007 at the end of the first round, they were hoping he'd be a great complement to DeMarcus Ware at the other outside linebacker spot.

    Now, he might be out a starting job.

    Spencer needs to get back to the way he was toward the end of the 2009 season, when the Cowboys won the division and a playoff game as he excelled.

    Last year was a huge regression as he finished with five sacks and hung his hat on his run support.

    Run support is great and all, but in the Cowboys defense, Spencer wasn't, and still isn't paid to provide run support. He's paid to get to the quarterback and help ease the double-teams on Ware.

    The folks at ESPNDallas have posed the question that Victor Butler could possibly be in line to take Spencer's job right out of training camp.

    Last season, in a reserve role, Butler had two sacks, so you'd have to figure, given a full season he couldn't be worse than Spencer in that regard.