IRVING, TX - MAY 01: Quarterback Stephen McGee #7 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
McGee drew praise for his effort on Sunday, but he must continue on his campaign to prove, to teammates and coaches, that he is a viable future option at quarterback. Against Cincy, McGee finished 12 for 22 passing for 116 yards, but Dallas isn’t interested in the numbers so much; they want to see the second-year Texas A&M make quick decisions under pressure, and further transfer his classroom smarts into football prowess.
Butler had a good showing against the Bengals in the Hall of Fame game, recording three tackles and a sack. Wade Phillips praised Butler afterward, saying that he has made some noticeable strides with respect to pass rushing.
The Cowboys project at place kicker, Buehler, went 3-4 on field goal attempts on Sunday, but came away disappointed somewhat. The lone miss came on a 49-yarder, but it was missed badly. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said he was pleased with the effort, but admitted that Buehler remains a work-in-progress.
With the tight end position devastated as it is, the rookie free agent fullback Gronkowski will see time at H-back tonight, in addition to his fullbacking duties. He is a better pass catcher than Deon Anderson, and the team likes his blocking ability, as well. Gronkowski will see a good deal of time tonight as he makes a push for a roster spot.
LB Brandon Williams
Dallas came away from San Antonio high on Williams ability to get off the ball, and he was one of two Texas Tech Red Raiders (the other being Brandon Sharpe) to record an interception against the Bengals. He is battling for playing time with the aforementioned Butler, a battle that could get interesting as the preseason progresses.
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