When watching tonight’s Dallas Cowboys game against the Miami Dolphins, I think the player with the least amount to gain is a player who may get the most playing time, quarterback Stephen McGee. The reason McGee’s play won’t matter tonight is because he is likely to be among the players cut by the Cowboys when they trim their roster to 53 players this weekend.
It doesn’t matter how McGee plays tonight. His future with the Cowboys appears to be over. Apparently McGee also sees the writing on the wall.
“It’s the most reps that I always get all year,” he said. “It’s a great chance to go out there and hopefully put a good tape out there.”
The Cowboys have seen the tape on McGee for more than three years now and the results are not good. He opts to pull the ball down early to run instead of staying in the pocket and delivering a throw. He also rarely gets the ball to his receivers on deep or intermediate routes. In short, McGee often relies on his physical attributes as an athlete rather than being a quarterback. Good if you are Cam Newton, not so good if you are Stephen McGee.
Almost every major media outlet who covers the Cowboys, including Rant Sports, has McGee off the Cowboys 53 man roster and the team going with only two quarterbacks to start the season. Perhaps McGee’s only saving grace is that Jason Garrett likes to have a strong quarterback presence on his roster.
However, the Cowboys’ issues at other positions like wide receiver and offensive line likely won’t afford them the ability to keep three quarterbacks. If you were choosing the roster, would you rather have an outside linebacker prospect like Adrain Hamilton or keep a third quarterback who hasn’t developed much in three years with the team?
That’s the decision Garrett has to make and I think we all know the correct answer to that question.
As I said the other day, if you need to play your third quarterback during the NFL season, chances are you are in trouble. The Cowboys likely will fill the third QB spot with Rudy Carpenter on the practice squad.
Stephen McGee’s days with the Dallas Cowboys appear to be over, because unfortunately for him, the tape doesn’t lie.