Unit-by-Unit Analysis: Offense

Today, SilverStarDigest begins an extensive look at the Dallas Cowboys as we head towards the start of training camp this weekend in San Antonio. Included in this extensive report, is detailed analysis of the starters, back ups, and role players on the offensive side of the ball.

Starter -- Chad Hutchinson. Backups -- Quincy Carter, Clint Stoerner, Tony Romo.

This thing is wide open between Carter and Hutchinson. Bill Parcells will not be swayed by Hutchinson's signing bonus or skin color as Bruce Coslet was last year. He also won't be swayed by Carter's draft position, as Jerry Jones was two years ago. The most productive guy will start. Considering Carter and Hutchinson's questionable pedigree, that might not be good news either.

Hutchinson, who got $4.1 million on guaranteed money before last season, took over Carter after seven games in 2002.

He was 2-7 with a 66.3 rating, 50.8 completion percentage, 1,555 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hutchinson was also sacked a whopping 34 times and had eight lost fumbles. In the end he looked what he was: A former baseball player who hadn't played football since 1997.Carter, 25,was 3-4 last season with a 72.3 rating, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions before being replaced.

Don't be surprised if he adds a veteran at the end of camp.

Starter -- RB Troy Hambrick, FB Richie Anderson. Backups -- RB Michael Wiley, RB Aveion Cason, RB ReShard Lee, FB Jamar Martin, FB Jason McKie.

For the first time since 1989, the Cowboys backfield won't have Emmitt Smith in it. Hambrick will get a shot to replace the league's all-time leading rusher. Hambrick has good size and speed. He must prove he can handle the work load for the first time in his career.

Hambrick had only 317 yards on 79 carries last year. He has total of 924 career yards and 11 career starts. The Cowboys will still spread the ball around in 2003 with Anderson, Wiley and Cason figuring to get touches as runners and receivers.

TIGHT END/H-BACK: Starter -- TE Tony McGee. Backups -- Jason Witten, James Whalen, Jeff Robinson, Dan Campbell.

McGee is the starter in name only. This will be tight end group by committee and what a solid committee it is. Campbell, a free-agent signee from the Giants, is the designated run blocker. McGee and Whalen are the pass catchers and Witten, a rookie third-round pick, is adept at doing both. Truthfully, all, except the undersized Whalen, will contribute as run blockers and pass catchers. Considering Parcells' inclination to use the tight end in his offenses, look for the this group to have a big impact in 2003.

Starters -- WR Joey Galloway, WR Antonio Bryant. Backups -- Terry Glenn, Ken-yon Rambo, Reggie Swinton, Randal Williams, Aaron Boone, Gary Lusk, Zuriel Smith, Deveren Johnson.

Terry Glenn was a nice offseason addition for a Cowboys receiver corps that was set with starters Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant.

He is reunited with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells, who made Glenn the NFL's seventh choice in the 1996 draft when both were with New England.

Though Glenn will be third receiver in Dallas, Parcells said he is hoping for "that same guy he was when he was a rookie" when Glenn made 90 receptions for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns.

He should fit nicely with Galloway, an old teammate at Ohio State, and Bryant. In 2002, Galloway finally gave the Cowboys some return on the investment they made in 2000 when they traded two first round picks to Seattle to acquire him. He had 61 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns. Bryant had a sparkling rookie season with 44 catches for 773 yards and six touchdowns. This is a make or break year for Rambo, Williams and Swinton as contributors in the regular offense.

Starters -- LT Flozell Adams, LG Larry Allen, C Tyson Walter, RG Andre Gurode, RT Ryan Young. Backups -- T Javier Collins, T Kurt Vollers, G Justin Bates, G Torrin Tucker, C Al Johnson, G/C Matt Lehr, G/T Marques McFadden, T Dave Volk, G/T Noah Swartz.

The Cowboys offensive line situation last year was the worst in the history of the league. Injuries forced the Cowboys to start nine different units in the first 10 games. Many of the players who did start were simply the best of a bad lot, which made rebuilding up front the biggest goal of the offseason. Adams was giving a five-year, $25 million contract, including a $10 million signing bonus. Allen, who saw his streak of Pro Bowls end at eight because of a season-ending ankle injury, will be ready to return to form. Johnson will solidify the center position so Gurude can concentrate on right guard. Young, a free-agent signee from Houston, will be an upgrade at right tackle over the departed Solomon Page. Several players, who started last year, including Walter, Lehr and Collins, will be experienced backups.

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