Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Remember last season when the Cowboys decided to cut Leonard Davis and Marion Barber? There were rumors that these two players would be jettisoned and when it finally happened, it seemed to that the Cowboys were finally ready to take a step forward from the past.
How about 2012? There are a few players on the list that may end up making the free agency report before training camp and the preseason are done.
Kevin Ogletree, WR – If Dallas truly believed in Ogletree, there wouldn't be a contest for this position. Once Coale is cleared to play and the team gets a full look at the basket of receiving talent they have, Ogletree may not last.
Kevin Kowalski, C – He'll be battling for time with Phil Costa and Bill Nagy at center, so not really sure how Kowalski will last. Well, unless he beats them out for the position.
The Cowboys had center issues in 2011 and there will be no need to keep two centers on the roster if Nagy can play backup.
Mike Jenkins, CB – I like Jenkins and believe the Cowboys should do all they can to keep him. Well, maybe it should be vice versa. At any rate, the Cowboys are refusing to trade him and his training camp and preseason will determine just how far he goes with Dallas.
My hope is that he'll be kept because the team needs depth and he's talented enough to start for the other 31 teams.
Ronald Leary, G – Dallas actually has a couple of guards that may not make it to the regular season. Leary is a rookie and if he flames out in training camp, then no harm no foul.
Its just a matter of seeing him on the field in NFL situations.
Harland Gunn, G – Another rookie who will probably end up on the cutting room floor. Gunn is a rookie out of Miami and will fight for a roster position. He's 324 pounds but only stands at 6'2."
How his height and position work against large defensive lineman and linebackers will be interesting to watch.
Rudy Carpenter, QB – He was claimed off waivers to compete with Stephen McGee for the third quarterback spot. McGee hasn't worked out and would have left the team in a terrible spot if he were to ascend to the back-up spot.
Carpenter should push McGee and my honest opinion is that he'll usurp McGee and make him expendable.
Stephen McGee, QB – I thought that his last season as a Cowboy would be 2011 because of his inconsistency. Carpenter will push him and if he fails to respond, then he will not last through the preseason.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, S – He seems to get demoted to the practice squad every season and this year may be no different. Dallas has about nine safeties on the roster right now and the vast majority of those men will be cut.
Owusu-Ansah has speed and experience as a kick returner. But his coverage skills leave a lot to be desired.
George Bryan, TE – George is a rookie out of North Carolina State who stands at 6'5" and weighs 263 pounds. James Hanna is my guy and I fully believe he'll eventually ascend to the top tight end spot.
Bryan and the other two rookies will fight for a practice squad position and for time to show why they may be worth keeping around.
Cole Beasley, WR – Beasley has been making news lately because he said that he's tiring of the comparisons to Patriots Wes Welker.
Let's hope that he can make this much noise on the field.
A few measurables on Beasley are that he's short for a receiver, at 5'8," and he runs a brisk 4.49 in the 40-yard dash. Think he has a pretty good shot to make the team? I do.