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Are the Dallas Cowboys Looking for Stephen McGee’s Replacement? a Fan’s Take
The Dallas Cowboys are sold on Tony Romo as their starting quarterback. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2011 statistically and it was the defense that let his team down when it came time to fight for the playoffs. However, the spots behind Romo is still up in the air.
Dallas signed Kyle Orton to be the backup and I think that is a great choice. It gives Dallas someone with a lot of experience to step in if Romo gets hurt. He is a huge improvement over Jon Kitna, who was getting up there in age, and is a nice addition when looking at backups of old.
However, the third spot in the lineup for the emergency quarterback is anyone's guess.
A lot of people felt that Stephen McGee deserved the chance to win the backup spot. His numbers in limited appearances have been decent but those game were meaningless and his numbers came when nothing was on the line. If Dallas had faith in him, he would have gotten the chance to be the No. 1 backup behind Romo in the lineup. He was not.
Now, Dallas is working out a lot of other quarterbacks. McGee is in the last year of his contract and I can see Dallas drafting someone else and phasing McGee out. That is not great news for the former Texas A&M Aggies star but that is the life of an NFL backup quarterback.
One of the quarterbacks that Dallas brought in to work out is Nick Stephens from the Tennessee Volunteers. Stephens is not a quarterback that scouts predict to hear his name called in the 2012 NFL Draft. Stephens is working with former NFL veteran Steve Deberg and hopes to get on somewhere.
Meanwhile, Dallas went out and signed Rudy Carpenter. The former Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback has been on the Cowboys team before, in the 2009 season when he made their practice squad. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him off their practice squad and he ended up on their practice squad the following season. Now, he is back in Dallas and competing with McGee for the third spot.
Other quarterbacks working out for Dallas before the NFL Draft are Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne and Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick. ESPN ranks Kinne as the 17th best quarterback on the board, an above average athlete with quick feet. Dick is another player that probably won't be drafted but hoped to show Dallas enough to make them remember him.
While most of these quarterbacks won't make an NFL roster this year, the fact that Dallas is looking at them means that they are not sold on McGee either. It looks to me like McGee won't be back when the 2013 season rolls around.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
Source: Star Telegram
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