When the Cowboys signed Eddie George last week, some viewed it as a last ditch effort to find a replacement for Troy Hambrick.
The Cowboys didn't. And neither did Eddie George for that matter.
With a veteran running back now in the mix in George, the Cowboys have at least made an attempt to upgrade themselves at every significant offensive skill position this offseason.
George is a bruising runner whose time had come and gone with the Tennessee Titans. In Dallas, he won't have to carry the ball 25-30 times a game, and according to Insiders, that will be the one thing that helps him out the most.
By using both George and Julius Jones, the Cowboys have found themselves a nice blend of youth and experience at the running back position. If George is able to come in and give the organization 10-15 productive carries a game, his acquisition will pay dividends all season long.
2. Can Quincy hold up? Again?
New year, same old questions surrounding the so-called "starting quarterback" for the Dallas Cowboys.
Quincy Carter will enter the start of training camp Saturday as the Cowboys starter, but after the first drill is finished, all bets are off.
|Quincy Carter will enter the start of training camp Saturday as the Cowboys starter, but after the first drill is finished, all bets are off.|
Carter has been resilient throughout his career, but with a veteran like Testaverde breathing down his neck, it may be too much to ask for him to lead this team past the first round of the playoffs this season.
3. Who is the cornerback opposite Terence Newman?
No one around the organization really blinked an eye when Mario Edwards was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this year.
After all, Edwards has always been average at best, and would often be the one defensive back that gave up the most big plays through the course of a season.
Now, with training camp less than 3 days away, the Cowboys find themselves hoping to find the answer to the one position that has weakened one of the stingiest defenses in the league the last two seasons.
A host of rookies, including Bruce Thornton will challenge veteran Pete Hunter for the job.
4. How will the defense make more plays?
We've heard it time and time again when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys' defense. For the past two seasons, its been one of the best in the league, the only consistent problem has been the dearth of big plays and turnovers.
What it all boils down to is getting pressure on the quarterback. If the newly acquired Marcellus Wiley can step up his game and help take the pressure off of pro bowl DT La'Roi Glover, the Cowboys could have the top ranked defense in the league once again this year.
A playmaking defense will be especially important this season with so many new faces on offense. If the Cowboys defensive unit can create turnovers and provide good field position, the pressure on Quincy Carter, or Vinny Testaverde, or Drew Henson, and Julius Jones and Eddie George, won't be quite so tremendous.
5. What is Vinny's role?
Vinny Testaverde was brought in by his old coach to help provide stability at a position that has sorely needed it ever since Troy Aikman left the team 4 years ago.
But what's his real role with this team this year?
Chances are, it's to start.
Testaverde understands Parcells offensive system and he has a track record of doing all the little things not to lose football games. In a year in which the Cowboys will once again depend on their defense to carry them, that simple fact becomes of the utmost importance.