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OVERALL GAME GRADE: B-
Stephen McGee was never sharp, but he was efficient enough to hold off Rudy Carpenter on the depth chart. Both QBs only managed to complete fifty percent of their passes, but when the Cowboys needed to make a play, McGee delivered while Carpenter did not. All that remains to be seen is if the Cowboys will actually keep a third QB this season.
Q4 - Rudy Carpenter: C
Carpenter was given every opportunity to make a case for him staying on as the third QB, but unfortunately he did not do enough on this night. He was inconsistent and did not hold up well under pressure. He never looked comfortable in the pocket and when he missed, he missed badly.
Q3 - Rudy Carpenter: C+
Carpenter only completed a single pass in the quarter as he went 1 for 4 for thirteen yards. His passes were a bit wobbly and either over thrown or behind the receivers. Carpenter did show some mobility on third and seven as he escaped the pocket and completed a pass for a first down, however it does not appear he has done enough so far to pass Stephen McGee on the depth chart.
Q2 - Stephen McGee: A-
Stephen McGee settled in at the start of the quarter and appeared to be more confident as he led the Cowboys on two scoring drives. Although his numbers were not good, McGee was able to complete two deep passes of 32 and 36-yards.
McGee used his legs on several occasions to extend plays and even remained poised as he took a hard hit during a roughing the passer penalty against the Dolphins. McGee also exuded leadership executing the two minutes drill leading the Cowboys into field goal range with only 1:29 to go before the half.
Q1 - Stephen McGee: B-
McGee started with back-to-back incomplete passes on the Cowboys first offensive series and was not in sync with WR Kevin Olgetree, missing him twice. He did have a couple of good throws in the second series, but McGee looked uncomfortable in the pocket on third downs and was sacked forcing the Cowboys to punt instead of attempting a long field goal try.
The Cowboys have an interesting situation with their battle for the third quarterback spot. Veteran Stephen McGee will get plenty of reps, but he will need a solid outing if he is to earn the roster spot over Rudy Carpenter. The Cowboys' other option is to go into the season with two QBs and release both McGee and Carpenter.