Mini-camp Preview: QBs

Drew Bledsoe is the starter. Drew Henson is the back up. What do these two quarterbacks need to show during next weekend's mini-camp and how does Tony Romo fit into the equation? We examine some of the answers to those questions in this report.

11 Drew Bledsoe - Signed as a free agent in February, Bledsoe has been named the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2005 season. Despite the fact the Buffalo Bills didn't want him, most believe him to be an upgrade over last year's starter, Vinny Testaverde. His arm strength is adequate, and his experience in the NFL is something the Cowboys don't have with their other two signal callers.

Bledsoe was brought to Dallas to "win now" and also to help develop second year man Drew Henson.

Next weekend's mini-camp will offer the veteran quarterback the first opportunity to demonstrate his abilities on the field, but just as important, it will also offer him the chance to demonstrate his leadership as well.

"I've probably become more of a vocal leader as a player," Bledsoe said after signing with the Cowboys. "That's one difference that Bill will see from the kid that he had before."

Not known as a workout warrior, Bledsoe has also reportedly been more active that usual in preparation for the upcoming season.

7 Drew Henson - Henson has thrown more than 5,000 passes this offseason and has surprisingly earned the praise of Bill Parcells. However in the grand scheme of things, he's still a back up quarterback to Drew Bledsoe.

At the same time, the upcoming mini-camp could hold more importance for the young gunslinger.


For starters, he's been working more on his mechanics this offseason.

The Cowboys wanted him to work on his accuracy, and also on having a higher release point in his delivery. Next weekend's mini-camp will be the first time (in front of the media) where Henson will have the chance to showcase his improvement.

It's also important to note that Henson is conceding nothing when it comes to the starting quarterback position. Bledsoe was brought in to start this year, but Henson believes he can compete with, and eventually beat out Bledsoe.

He may have an uphill battle ahead of him, but at least he's taking the right mental approach.

9 Tony Romo - Romo, like Henson, has also spent an extensive amount of time this offseason working on his game. While he has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game, he is still viewed as a viable third string option who can also push Drew Henson.

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