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Impressions from Cowboys Preseason Game 2

August 19, 2012

Brandon Carr: Carr had two interceptions tonight and, while neither were spectacular or completely due to anything he did (one was a badly underthrown ball and the other was off a deflection), it was great to see a cornerback on Dallas roster that actually can make a catch. Last year the secondary’s season could be summed up by the New York Giants game in week 14 when Terence Newman dropped an easy interception on the sideline, that was surely going to be a pick 6, on the way to a 37-34 loss where Eli Manning passed for 400 yards. It encapsulated the season as not only were the cornerbacks burned often but they also had their fair share of missed opportunities on interceptions. Carr not only is a big, physical cornerback who commands respect from opposing wideouts but he also has very good hands (4 interceptions in 2011) who should make more impactful plays than the man he’s replacing: Terrence Newman.

Stephen McGee is in a fight for his job: It feels like McGee has been the Cowboys 3rd QB and Rudy Carpenter has been the #4 QB for about 5 years now. Each year Carpenter has been sent packing and returned the next offseason due to lack of interest around the league yet this year their roles look to have changed. McGee is no longer looking to be in the good graces of the organization as the team signed Kyle Orton to an expensive, for a backup, 3 year contract. It isn’t so much that McGee is competing with Carpenter for the #3 QB job but that he’s competing with backups at other positions as the Cowboys signing of Kyle Orton makes it likely they will only keep 2 quarterbacks on their roster. McGee has looked average in the team’s first two preseason games and hasn’t shown much improvement over his previous 3 seasons in the league. If he doesn’t noticeably improve soon I expect the team to pull the plug on the Stephen McGee development project.

Cole Beasley: On May 29th I made the assertion that Cole Beasley, despite being undrafted and at the bottom of the depth chart at the time, was my pick as the guy that excited me the most in the competition for the #3 WR. The reason I gave was, “Beasley is a shorter, quick wideout from SMU who has been on my radar for awhile as I love his burst, suddenness, and hands. He reminds me of a smaller Dane Sanzenbacher who was a very impressive rookie for the Chicago Bears last season.” With Miles Austin and Dez Bryant providing great size and physicality on the outside a smaller, quicker speed receiver like Beasley fits perfectly in Jason Garrett’s offense. He showed that tonight as he had a game high 7 receptions for 104 yards and consistently separated from the Chargers defensive backs. He appears to now be in the lead for the role and looks like a lock to make the roster which makes it a pretty wild few weeks for Beasley considering he had retired from football and left the team just 15 days ago.

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