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As preseason comes to an end, NFL teams are making their rounds of roster cuts to get down to 53 players. The Dallas Cowboys are set at the starting quarterback position with perennially scrutinized Tony Romo leading the way and Kyle Orton backing him up. However there is some interest as to who will be the third quarterback on the depth chart.
Throughout the preseason, the Cowboys carried two other quarterbacks, Nick Stephens and Alex Tanney. Stephens had an average preseason but did not really show the staff that they could count on him in the future. Stephens was cut on Tuesday and Tanney played the entire game against the Houston Texans on Thursday night. Tanney finished the night 17-31 for 177 yards and threw 1 interception. However those numbers are deceiving because the makeshift offensive line did not give Tanney a chance to throw the ball. He was sacked 7 times and had 1 touchdown pass dropped by Tim Benford and one near touchdown pass to Gavin Escobar.
Now the question that remains is should the Cowboys give Tanney a roster spot or cut him and then put him on the practice squad. Giving him a roster spot seems ideal but that might take up the spot of a more immediate need such as wide receiver or offensive lineman. The danger of cutting Tanney is that any other team could pick him up on the waivers before the Cowboys have a chance to get him on the practice squad.
Cowboy fans have long been howling about the inconsistent nature of Tony Romo and his knack for losing close games when they matter the most. Although Romo does have his faults, he is still in elite NFL quarterback and is a better starting option than Kyle Orton. Romo turned 33 in April and probably has 3 good years left playing at an elite level. The Cowboys need to start grooming a quarterback as his replacement or we will be back to the Quincy Carter and Vinny Testaverde days. Their last quarterback experiment was the Texas A&M product Stephen McGee who spent 2 years as a backup quarterback but never really made a huge impression. Although Tanney comes from Monmouth, a small Division III school (coincidentally the same school that Miles Austin attended), he has the ability to move around the pocket and has a big arm. All the things like arm mechanics, footwork, and awareness will come with practice, but for now, the Cowboys would benefit by having Tanney on their roster. It’s too much of a risk to cut him and allow another team to swoop in and grab him.
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