Who is going to be the 3rd Wide Receiver? Some people may ask if we will even run any 3 WR packages. Of course we will. How often no one can say, but the 2 TE 12 package is going to be our primary set and if it creates mismatches like the coaches hope it may eliminate some 3 and 4 WR sets. I think it is obvious that the coaching staff wants Terrance Williams to be that 3rd option at WR. I also think it should be obvious to anyone who is watching and following the money aspect of football that they’d like for him to be groomed to start next year opposite Dez Bryant. What about Miles Austin? We may keep him, but his salary and the looming contract of re-signing Dez might make that impossible. Williams has the size, hands and drive to start in the NFL, but not this year unless someone gets hurt.
How many WRs will we keep? If I am going to guess, I’d say we will keep 5 with the last 2 being Dwayne Harris serving also as our primary return man, and Cole Beasley. Why Beasley over Anthony Armstrong or Danny Coale? Simply that he is better suited to the slot and has experience and some chemistry with Romo. It’s a numbers game and Danny Coale simply hasn’t got any numbers or playing time results to make this squad. I wouldn’t be at all shocked to see him on the Practice Squad either.
The big questions of course surround who is going to be kept on the Offensive Line? Is Jermey Parnell going to start for us at Right Tackle? Or will Free move back to RT when Ron Leary is back next week? It is going to come down to who the Coaching Staff thinks is better between Mackenzy Bernadeau and Parnell. Right now, as I sit here typing this I believe that 4 of the OL starting spots are set. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Doug Free, and Ron Leary are starters for us this year. Bernadeau or Parnell will make that 5th spot and that will determine where Free plays. I personally liked him at Guard a little better than I did at RT, but I admit I may be biased after Free’s play in 2012, which is not completely fair, the man has played well and looks ready. If Free moves inside to G, I sort of expect Bernadeau to be waived. Why would they do that if he is one of the final 2 guys in line to be a starter? It’s a business and he would be paid too much to sit on the bench.
Moving to the Defensive side of the ball the biggest questions I have are about backup Linebackers. Has either Caleb McSurdy or Brandon Magee done enough to warrant a place here? With Alex Albright leaving for the year due to a back injury one of our most versatile LBs is lost for the season. He was capable of playing inside or outside for us and he has always been great on Special Teams. In other words, that was a big loss. We also will find out who will start at Outside LB with Bruce Carter. Will it be Ernie Sims or Justin Durant? I have liked Sims more in the PS games he got into, but you cannot argue with Durant’s resume in the NFL either. I do believe it is possible that Sims may take the role Albright would have had in being the backup at all 3 spots. He’s extremely quick and intelligent and as of right now I’ll tell you he is better than either of the 2 youngsters vying to backup Sean Lee.