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Judgement Day: Isaiah Stanback Facing End As Dallas Cowboys Receiver

DENVER - AUGUST 16:  Isaiah Stanback #86 of the Dallas Cowboy returns a kickoff against the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009

When University of Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, it was apparent he wouldn't follow in the footsteps of another Huskies quarterback, Warren Moon.

Dallas acquired Stanback with hopes of converting him to a wide receiver.

They might as well be trying to convert atheist Richard Dawkins to Christianity.

Nobody doubts Stanback's talent, his attitude, or his willingness to work. And as the Cowboys' Mickey Spagnola reports, injuries may end up derailing Stanback's career in Big D before it even starts.

I applaud Stanback for his attitude, but it's looking like this MacGyver approach to developing wide receivers isn't working for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

You know: the approach where you draft only one wide receiver in two years, sign undrafted free agents, including quarterbacks that you try to convert into wide receivers. I believe in Haiti, where a friend of mine is a missionary, they call it Degaje: doing the best you can with what you have available.

If Stanback is cut by Dallas, I'll wish him well, but will also consider it a blessing. Jones' football savvy has never particularly impressed me. Maybe he will swallow his pride and actually draft a wide receiver in the early rounds.

On the other hand, Dallas could certainly use far more players with Stanback's smile and attitude—especially when you consider the sour lemons like Terrell Owens, Adam "Pacman" Jones, Terry "Tank" Johnson, and so forth.

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