So now the Dallas Cowboys have dispatched the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game, and lost to the Oakland Raiders in the pre-season debut of many of the starters. The question is, what have we learned so far? Well, one thing we definitely have learned is that Ron Leary wants to start. You have to like the kind of fire it requires when a man plays an entire game and comes back for more just 5 days later. I have to tell you this thrills me, because I have been more worried about the Offensive Line than any other part of this team. He had a false start penalty that irked me, as all penalties do, but other than that I am impressed.
For my money so far, Nate Livings has lost his job. They say you can’t lose your job to injury. Tell that to Wally Pipp. Hell, tell that to Drew Bledsoe. No disrespect to Nate Livings is meant, but I would simply settle an injury claim and let him go at this point. It is Marco Rivera all over again. A good guy who just can’t stay healthy and on the field.
I was particularly pleased when Brandon Moore’s signing was announced. I have that much respect for his game, and that much worry about the spot currently occupied by Mackenzy Bernadeau for the same reason I was worried about Living’s spot. Neither one has lived up to their contracts and each one seems to be hurt when we need them to be showing us last year was a fluke. When rumors immediately began that we would be interested in Brian Waters, I was even happier.
I like the job David Arkin has done at Right Guard so far. Can he improve? Of course he can, and he will have to. Bernadeau got the start against the Raiders and Arkin spelled him before giving Frederick some snaps at Guard. But for a guy who many fans had written off as a bust just a few weeks ago I’d say he silenced some Monday Morning General Managers. He needs to get stronger, but he has accounted himself worthy of a roster spot at this point, and to me that is important because I think he came to Camp firmly on the bubble for a spot on this team.