Tomorrow evening the Dallas Cowboys will suit up and face the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason battle. The team will look to have a better showing that the abysmal 27-7 defeat last week at San Diego. Here are a few storylines to keep your eye on:
It’s hard to build confidence in a defense when you give up 27 points. There are a great number of you that will say it was only a preseason game and we shouldn’t be worried. The thing that is alarming is the majority of the players that played for the Cowboys last week against San Diego were reserve players. Some of the players that make the roster on defense that played against San Diego are only one injury away from being starters. That’s freighting. Look for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to have his players ready to go for Saturday night.
Tony Romo’s Back
After suffering a herniated disc in his back last year that ultimately held him out of a do-or-die contest in Week 17, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been the subject of conversation for anything Cowboys-related. With the team easing him into things, people have been skeptical that he won’t be able to bounce back from his latest injury and be the same player. According to Todd Archer’s report on ESPN Dallas, that doesn’t seem to be the case:
In the last week Jason Garrett said Romo has started to look like his old self after being limited in training camp. He has gone through the last four practices, including two against the Oakland Raiders, and if he works today then it will mark the first time he has practiced three straight days in camp.
It seems like Romo just needed time to get back in the swing of things and the Dallas Cowboys were smart to not rush him back. They must have some sort of comfort level with backup quarterback Brandon Weeden, if they brought him in in the first place, but you have to think they would much rather see Weeden on the sideline and Romo under center.
Will Rolando McClain Play
Rolando McClain is a former eighth-overall pick and was brought in to possible replace some of the production that was lost when middle linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the season. Cowboys’ coaches have been bringing him along slowly, and there’s no set time table for him to get actual game-time work in, but you would have to think he’s getting close to at least testing the waters during preseason. Here’s what McClain had to say on the matter:
“Mr. Jones and Coach Garrett, they’ll decide when they want me to play, how much they want me to play and what I need to do in order to be ready for the season,” he said. “It’s all in the air. I want to do whatever they want me to do.”
Don’t be surprised if you see McClain out there for a series or two, just so the coaching staff can really see what they’ve got.