Friday News, Notes & Rumblings

Quincy Carter answered the critics call with another impressive performance Thursday evening in Jacksonville. The next big news out Valley Ranch will now be the last cuts made by the coaching staff to get the Cowboys down to the NFL-mandated 53-man roster. Who's in, who's out?

* For those of you not yet on the Quincy Carter bandwagon, now is as good a time as any to admit that you need hop on board. Carter closed out a strong preseason Thursday night by completing of 11 of 22 passes for 136 yards. The coaching staff, and the organization as a whole now has devoted their full support to the former Georgia star.

"He's answered the question about whether he can be a winning quarterback. He's playing with poise, and he has made key plays in every game we've won this preseason. I just don't think he could have played any better," said owner Jerry Jones.

Fortunately for Carter, he should have the opportunity to showcase his talents against the expansion Houston Texans to get himself completely accustomed to the regular season. However, we won't know the real potential of Quincy, or the team, until the Tennessee Titans come calling the third weekend in September.

While Carter has proven to everyone that he has the talent to make in the National Football League, he must now produce results on the field. Results meaning wins.

* Two sources confirmed late Thursday evening that Billy Cundiff has won the battle with veteran kicker Tim Seder. Even though Cundiff struggled at times this preseason, his leg strength was obvious- and that was the deciding factor in the Cowboys' decision.

Seder never provided the consistency to make him a favorite of head coach Dave Campo, and Cundiff seemed to take advantage of every miscue made by the veteran placekicker this preseason. Cundiff, a rookie free agent out of Drake, made 7-of-10 field goal attempts this preseason.

* Jermaine Copeland needed a big game Thursday night in the spotlight, and fortunately for him, he got it. Copeland led the Cowboys with 4 receptions for 57-yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from back up quarterback Chad Hutchinson.

The Cowboys organization will now be forced to make a decision on their 5th and possibly 6th wide receivers. If Copeland makes the team, it will likely be at that 6th receiver spot. Randal Williams and Reggie Swinton are also holding their breath, hoping to make a spot on the 53-man roster. If anything, Williams now figures to be the odd man out after Copeland's run to glory over the last few weeks of camp.

* Woodrow Dantzler, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Clemson, once considered a long shot to make the team, has certainly turned a lot of heads this preseason. Dantzler had a 34-yard punt return, and a 57-yard kickoff return Thursday night, once again showcasing his dynamite playmaking ability.

Interestingly enough, Dantzler could play a crucial role in how the Cowboys handle Reggie Swinton. With Dantzler making so many plays on special teams, he might have actually forced Swinton out of a job. Jerry Jones has always admired Swinton for his work as kick returner, but with Dantzler having so much success, he might be forced to use Dantzler instead of Swinton.

The Cowboys have let it be known that they want players "with big upsides." Does anyone have more of an upside than Woodrow Dantzler? I think not. He has that extra gear that the Cowboys need out of the backfield, and his ability in the return game is borderline phenomenal. Give him a spot on the team Jerry.

CowboysHQ Top Stories