QUARTERBACKS: Starter -- Tony Romo. Backups -- Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee, Rudy Carpenter.
The Cowboys shored up their backup quarterback position with Kitna and they also drafted a quarterback for the future in Stephen McGee. But this season is all about starter Tony Romo and the question of whether he will finally live up to the legacy of Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach and become a big-game quarterback. To date, he's considered a guy that puts up a lot of stats but can't win the big one. The Cowboys have removed all the excuses for Romo with the departure of Terrell Owens making the huddle and locker room more "Romo friendly."
Now it's time for him to go out and produce for 16 gamenot to mention the postseason as well.
And if Romo were to get injured ... the Cowboys have the ultimate insurance policy in Kitna, who should easily be able to navigate the team through any two- or three-game stretch on the 2009 schedule.
TRAINING CAMP BATTLE TO WATCH: Stephen McGee vs. Rudy Carpenter. With McGee being thought of as the future of the organization as a fourth-round draft pick, this probably won't be too big of a battle, but it's the only one worth mentioning when it comes to Dallas quarterbacks. Simply put, it's the battle for who gets to hold the clipboard behind Romo and Kitna this coming season.
RUNNING BACKS: Starter -- RB Marion Barber, FB Deon Anderson. Backups -- RB Felix Jones, RB Tashard Choice, RB Alonzo Coleman, RB Keon Lattimore, FB Julius Crosslin, FB Asaph Schwapp.
The departure of Terrell Owens means the Cowboys are going to build their offense around the running game where the trio of Barber, Jones and Choice are as good as any in the league. Look for packages with Barber and Jones in the backfield together. And also look for packages with Jones and Choice on the field together.
Barber is the starter and Mr. Reliable, but the speedy Jones is the focal point. He is a game-breaker and the Cowboys want to put him in positions to make plays.
Simply put, the Cowboys should have one of the top offensive backfields in the league with the combination of Barber and Jones, not to mention Romo under center.
Fullback Deon Anderson is an adequate blocker and solid pass-catcher who should headline his position once again this coming season.
TRAINING CAMP BATTLE TO WATCH: Deon Anderson vs. Julius Crosslin. The Cowboys know what they have at running back as there's been a clear pecking order established now for the last year: No.1 is Marion Barber, his backup is Felix Jones and the third team features Tashard Choice. While Anderson appears to have a stranglehold at fullback, his is the only position in the backfield that could be in danger if his backup (Crosslin) has a strong training camp.
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