A lot of questions need to be answered between now and then for the Cowboys. Do they keep 3 Quarterbacks? The Cowboys have run with only 2 Quarterbacks and survived. Will they do it again and keep a roster spot open for another player? Or will they not risk losing Alex Tanney the way they did Matt Moore several years ago? This question will be answered by that deadline. Until he knows for sure, you can bet Tanney will be on edge. This is strictly a pet cat hope, but I am hopeful the Jets let Greg McElroy go and we sign him to be our 3rd QB. I see him as a Jason Garrett clone right down to the red hair. So I want to groom him for coaching.
The 3rd QB is a lot more important than some people realize. The 3rd QB is the guy who runs the Scout Teams in preparation for the next game. He has to be Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III among many different styles of players we face this year. Someone can ask, who ran the Scout teams last year when we only had 2 QBs? The answer is Jason Garrett did. Not many people knew that. He certainly has the resume for it. Wade Wilson did a little of it too by the way. I always like the idea of grooming a young QB, even if it is for a coaching role some day. Greg’s father works for the Cowboys, so I like the idea of him coming home.
If we keep 3 QBs will we keep 4 Running Backs? Yet another question that must be answered this week. You know, back in the 1970’s under Tom Landry this team almost always kept 6 RBs. There were 3 Halfbacks and 3 Fullbacks. These were the days of 45 man rosters instead of 53, so imagine how tight some other positions got if you kept that many RBs. Why did they? Well, mostly because in those days football was a running game moreso than a passing game and you had to. If we only keep 3 RBs who is the odd man out? No matter who it is if we cut one of our top 4 RBs, you can bet that player may end up another team’s roster. We have decent depth there. Even our current 5th RB, Kendial Lawrence, might make it on someone else’s roster.
Are we going to keep 4 Tight Ends and who will they be? I believe we all expect them to keep 4, and it comes down to Dante Rosario and Andre Smith. Some will tell you Smith is the better receiver, but Rosario is the better blocker. Others will switch that exactly the opposite. Most will tell you they expect Rosario to get the last spot because he is a veteran player whose experience will be appreciated. Sometimes on these last cuts it comes down to cap money. Smith is undoubtedly cheaper to keep than Rosario and that might weigh heavier than experience. Remember, this is a business and teams are handcuffed by the Salary Cap. Another twist to that scenario though is whose cut would mean more “dead money” against future caps? If Smith does get cut, and I sort of expect that he will, look for him to get another chance with the Cowboys on their 8 man Practice Squad. Unless of course some other team snaps him up, and one just might.