Training Camp Preview: QB

For the first time since the days of Troy Aikman, the Dallas Cowboys enter a second straight season with no concerns about the quarterback position. Simply put, Drew Bledsoe is the man in Dallas. Behind him, there are questions, but as far as the starting position goes, Dallas is locked and loaded.

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

After completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 3,639 yards and 23 touchdowns last season, veteran QB Drew Bledsoe more than proved Buffalo made a mistake in letting him go.

Sure, he may still hold onto the ball too long and he needs to improve on his 17 interceptions from last year, but keep in mind many of those numbers he was also undone by poor blocking (49 sacks) and an inability to make plays on the outside.

The addition of explosive wide receiver Terrell Owens should only make him a better quarterback.

"He instantly makes our team better," Bledsoe said during the team's mini-camp earlier this summer. "He's as explosive as any player in the league today."

One downside to the quarterback position in Dallas is that the team still has no answer for the future. Another is the fact that the offensive line is still very much a work in progress.

Tony Romo is the backup but he has yet to throw a pass in the NFL. Former baseball player Drew Henson was sent to NFL Europe for more seasoning but he is still not ready in the eyes of Bill Parcells.

Dallas also signed former Yale QB Jeff Mroz as an undrafted free agent. Mroz performed admirably during the Cowboys' rookie and veteran mini-camp, showing ample arm strength and good decision making, but he is a developmental prospect at best.

"They're very talented, all of them, and they have a lot of experience," Mroz said. "I know I'm the fourth guy, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I had any chance at all."

The Cowboys must also make sure that Bledsoe, or any other quarterback who sees the field, is properly protected. Last year as the fulltime starter, Bledsoe was sacked 49 times, second most in the league behind Houston's David Karr.

This year, the Cowboys signed free agent guard Kyle Kosier and veteran tackle Jason Fabini to help strengthen their line, but returning players Marco Rivera (RG) and Flozell Adams (LT must remain healthy and center Al Johnson must provide more consistent play.

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