Countdown to Camp: Quarterback

With less than two weeks remaining until the start of training camp in Oxnard, Ca., TheRanchReport.com will take an in-depth look at every position on the 84-man roster. Is Drew Henson ready to emerge as the clear-cut back up quarterback in Dallas?

QUARTERBACK: Starter -- Drew Bledsoe. Backups -- Tony Romo, Drew Henson.

The quarterback carousel that has been in place in Dallas since the retirement of Troy Aikman remains in full effect with veteran Drew Bledsoe taking over in 2005.

He is the eighth starting quarterback since Aikman departed in 2000. Bledsoe, 33, replaces Vinny Testaverde, who wasn't re-signed after taking over in 2004 for Quincy Carter in training camp.

While Bledsoe will hopefully serve as a stopgap until quarterback of future Drew Henson is ready, he thinks he can get them to the top this season.

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

The Cowboys are of a similar mind set.

Nevermind that Bledsoe hasn't started a playoff game since 1998 and was 23-25 as a starter in Buffalo before being unceremoniously released in the offseason, the Cowboys believe he can still be successful if put in the right situation by the someone that knows how to use him.

Parcells, who drafted Bledsoe with the Patriots, certainly fits the bill.

"I think if we're able to block for Drew and we have some balance in our attack, I think Drew will be an efficient quarterback for us," Parcells said. "If we're not able to block for him and we can't run the ball then I think he'll be like the rest of them that are trying to play from behind."

Tony Romo and Drew Henson will battle for the backup job in training camp.

Though Henson has been given $3.5 million in guaranteed money, the race was neck and neck throughout the offseason with Romo actually having the edge in experience.

At the same time, Henson, who threw over 5,000 passes this offseason to work on his mechanics, is still thought of by many as the future of the Cowboys' organization.

"When you have time off you are able to work on a thing or two in your game," he said. "Basically what I did was take a few weeks to work on some stuff and I feel really good about it."

Romo has yet to attempt a pass in a regular season game, while Henson is just 10-of-18 for 78 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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