Who's Hot, Who's Not?

Entering the second game of the preseason, a whole host of players find themselves in a position where a good performance is needed if they are to stay with the team. We examine "who's hot," and "who's not," in this report!

Who's Hot?
RB Tyson Thompson - The Cowboys had planned all along to sign Irving, TX native Tyson Thompson after the 2005 NFL Draft. As it stands now, that plan appears to be paying serious dividends. Thompson has emerged as a legitimate threat to take over as the third down back for the Cowboys this year, ahead of fourth-round pick Marion Barber. Head coach Bill Parcells likes his ability to run outside the tackles, but now he wants to see what he can do inside. Look for Thompson to get his fair share of carries once again Monday night against Seattle, even if it does come late in the game.

C Andre Gurode - Who knew? Just when it seemed like Gurode's days with the Cowboys could be numbered after moving from right guard to center, the former Colorado star has proven that he could actually start at the position this year, if need be. The team may even elect to have a rotation at center with Gurode and Al Johnson splitting time if all goes well.

P Mat McBriar - Can you say, "Pro Bowl?" McBriar looks like one of the best punters in the league right now. "Based on last week. If he does that, he'll be over there in Hawaii in January," Parcells said Saturday. McBriar, now entering his fourth year in the league, punted seven times for a 54-yard average last week against Arizona.

Who's Not?
QB Drew Henson - As Henson continues to battle Tony Romo for the back up quarterback position behind Drew Bledsoe, one thing has become crystal clear - he's losing ground. In what one could call "Henson's last stand," the former Major League Baseball prospect-turned quarterback will see the field before Romo Monday night against Seattle. It's now or never Drew.

RB Marion Barber III- The Cowboys were hoping that fourth-round draft pick Marion Barber could be a change of pace back behind Julius Jones and Anthony Thomas, not to mention a possible option in the return game. So far, not so good. Parcells has mentioned that Barber has hit the so-called "rookie wall" over the course of the last 10 days, and last weekend's six carries for eight yards performance doesn't help his cause. In addition, with the emergence of Tyson Thompson, Monday night's game against Seattle is as important for Barber as it is for any other player on the team.

WR Reggie Harrell - This one is a no-brainer as bad hands don't translate well in the NFL. He won't be with the team a week from now.

WR Jamaica Rector - He's better than Harrell, but there's no room on the roster for another wide receiver.

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