Byron Jones is entering his fourth season. Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie are entering their second.
Yet, Jones is leaning on Lewis and Awuzie for advice.
Jones has not played cornerback since his rookie season with the Cowboys, but new secondary coach Kris Richard has moved the former first-round pick from safety.
The Cowboys picked up Jones’ fifth-year option for 2019, but it’s guaranteed only for injury. That makes this an important season for Jones as he tries to prove he is a better fit at corner.
He forced only two fumbles and intercepted only two passes in his first three seasons.
Hunter, a third-round pick in 2015, became a full-time starter for the first time last season. He made 45 tackles and seven sacks in 2017.
I kind of came in with the mindset of just playing football, Hunter said. I had a whole bunch of people in front of me, older guys that were able to show me the way, good coaches and a good coaching staff. The only thing I could do is just come in here and focus and play football.
Hunter said it was important to get this out of the way before the start of the season because he didn’t want to be bothered by anything. He becomes the latest of the team’s defenders to get a long-term deal, and linebacker Anthony Barr is on the list of next in line along with receiver Stefon Diggs.