3 Questions the Dallas Cowboys Still Must Answer in Training Camp
All the big-name free agents have been signed and the newest NFL draft hauls are almost wrapped up, but the Dallas Cowboys still have some questions that need to be answered in training camp. Let's take a look at what loose ends the 'Boys still need to tie up before September rolls around.
What to do with Stephen McGee?
Stephen McGee was a fourth-round draft pick for Dallas back in 2009 and has done absolutely nothing to prove he's the backup the Cowboys want behind Romo. In fact, he's never been the backup to No. 9 in his career with Jon Kitna and now Kyle Orton holding those positions over the former Texas A&M quarterback.
According to ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon, the 'Boys are "clearly not excited about McGee's development." Hard to argue with that statement, considering the team has always looked to a veteran quarterback instead of the guy they drafted with a relatively high-round pick back in '09.
McGee has new competition for the No. 3 quarterback spot with Rudy Carpenter brought into camp by Dallas, which spells even worse news for the former Aggie. Not saying that Carpenter is the better of the two, but when owner Jerry Jones is bringing in competition for his third place QB, that's a bad sign for McGee.
Who Fits Best as the No. 3 Wide Receiver?
Just like last season, the Cowboys are looking to Kevin Ogletree to step up his game and be the new No. 3 receiver after Laurent Robinson left for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Dallas has been highly impressed by what Ogletree has brought to the table so far this offseason. George commented in a recent article he sees No. 85 as the frontrunner to grab the No. 3 spot, and I have to agree with him.
At some point, you have to find out what you have in a guy who has been on the roster for the past three seasons. Ogletree is the best fit to take on the new role as the third receiver in Dallas' deadly offense and finally start earning those paychecks.
What Should be Expected from Mike Jenkins?
I realize that Jones has made it clear he wont trade his likely third cornerback on the depth chart and Jenkins has reported to offseason activities, but can he stay professional all season?
Jenkins has been nothing but gutsy and determined during his NFL career, but he's also never had off-the-field problems like this hanging over his head.
The former South Florida man just saw his teammate Orlando Scandrick get a new contract during the 2011 season and his team bring in Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr this offseason.
That's a lot of signs from management that they weren't happy with the play out of you last year. Jenkins has given every indication that he'll be taking the high road in what looks to be his last season wearing the star on his helmet, but it's a lot easier being professional during OTAs than it is Week 13 of the NFL season.
If Jenkins can keep his head down and put together an impressive year to up his free agency value while helping out the Cowboys in the process, it's a win-win situation for both sides. It's easier said than done obviously, but given his history of professionalism, that's what should be expected from Jenkins in 2012.
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