Cowboys' Offensive Positions Ranked By Strength

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Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles as he hides jersey number 7 he borrowed from Caleb Hanie (not pictured) as he talks to Brandon Weeden (3) during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not much we can do to make the next 12 days expire any faster.  July 22nd continues to crawl closer as we await the Dallas Cowboys arrival in Oxnard, CA for 2014 training camp.

In the meantime, it’s always a good idea to get a handle on the strengths and weaknesses of the current roster as opening practices approach.  Below is a glance into the Cowboys’ offensive position groups, ranking each from strongest to weakest.

Over the course of training camp a football team’s roster and depth chart becomes very fluid and highly altered.  Which truly is where the real excitement of camp exists. Coaches and fans have a load of questions waiting to be answered on the field.

Much will improve with players developing and new pieces being added.  There will also be camp setbacks (injuries, etc.) that weaken the current state of positions.

For now, we can only evaluate the circumstances and players of the present, and determine where the team will begin as they ready themselves for battle.

1)  QUARTERBACK

(Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Kyle Orton?)

Anytime a pro team has a veteran starting QB consistently finishing in the top 10 in both QB Rating and Passing Yards, their QB position is a team strength.  We all have our opinions on Romo, but the numbers speak for themselves.

Ask the owners in Houston and Minnesota how much they’d have loved to employ Romo the last 2 years.  In 2012, Houston stud RB Arian Foster sliced defenses for 1,424 yards.  While Minnesota rode the Adrian Peterson (2,097 yards) freight train.

Without a top-level QB compliment, neither was able to show much passing consistency even with a few high quality WR’s on their team.  With Romo on either playoff squad in 2012, both would’ve seriously threatened for a conference title.

Bash Romo all you like, but the guy is a very good QB and we only fully understand QB worth when a player like that moves on.  It doesn’t take much to recall the excruciating, lengthy gap between Troy Aikman and Romo in Dallas.

Regardless if Kyle Orton shows or not, Dallas still has the luxury of relying on a talented supporting QB with pro starting experience.  I watched plenty of Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma St. to appreciate his talent and upside.

Far be it from me to throw away a guy simply because he struggles in the infamous QB graveyard in Cleveland.  Best case scenario, Dallas has 2 talented back-ups with starting experience.  Worst case, they have 1 just like last season.

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