News, Notes, & Rumblings

All this talk of Reggie Swinton suddenly becoming the odd man out at wide receiver is just that- talk. As the Cowboys look to finalize their roster, we've got the inside scoop on who will, and who won't make the final cut.

* Several media outlets over the course of the last 24 hours reported that Jeremaine Copeland has the slight edge over Reggie Swinton at wide receiver. Don't believe it for one second. Jerry Jones has always been enthralled with Reggie Swinton- especially as a primetime kick returner. Like it or not, he isn't going anywhere. If anything, Jeremaine Copeland will have to have the performance of his life on Saturday if he's going to make the team. Take it to bank, Copeland is likely on the outside looking in.

* RB Woodrow Dantzler remains as one of the more intriguing players still sitting firmly on the proverbial roster bubble. Dantzler, who made a strong case for himself with a 97-yard kickoff return last weekend against the Falcons, still must turn the corner in the eyes of Dave Campo in the backfield. The coaching staff is trying to find more ways to get him the ball this weekend, just so they can get a better feel for how he handles specific game day situations.

Ideally, the Cowboys would like use Dantzler in third down situations where he could provide some much needed speed in the open field, but the concern still remains on his blocking. Bruce Coslet is worried about Dantzler's ability to consistently pick up the blitz.

Regardless, the staff remains intrigued with using him as a "slash" type of player. Dantzler has shown that he has NFL potential simply because he's been the key player involved in 2 of the last 3 offensive touchdowns scored by the Cowboys. And while Dantzler has quickly emerged as a fan favorite, he probably is still looking a big play away from making the team. Another strong performance Saturday night could go a long way in securing his future in the National Football League.

* The acquisition of long snapper Jeff Grau may wind up becoming one of the more beneficial additions to the team this preseason. Grau is outstanding on special teams, as he worked his way from a walk-on to a full scholarship during his 4-year career at UCLA. Grau, who originally was a 7th round draft pick by the Washington Redskins, is probably the Cowboys last hope this season to find consistency on snaps for field goals and punts. With any sort of performance Saturday night- he makes the team. In fact, go ahead and write it down now- Jeff Grau will be the starting long snapper for the regular season opener against the Houston Texans.

* At cornerback, 2nd-year pro Dwayne Goodrich remains on the outside looking in. The last spot at corner will likely go to Jason Bell. The coaching staff feels more comfortable with Bell simply because he seems to be able to stay healthy, and he generally doesn't give up the big play. Goodrich hasn't had a bad camp, but he has done nothing in the eyes of Dave Campo or Mike Zimmer to earn a spot on the roster. When you boil it all down, the Cowboys want depth, and they just don't feel like Goodrich can provide it. He could get the ax as early as next week.

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