Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) follows a block from teammate Hakeem Nicks (88) on Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) in the first quarter and scores a touchdown at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE
We got in contact with Steven Mullenax at The Landry Hat, A Dallas Cowboys Fan Site, in order to get more insight on what is going on over in Dallas. Here is what Steve shared with us:
1. Will the Cowboys trade CB Mike Jenkins before the season starts? What would it take to get him?
A: I think the Cowboys will only trade Jenkins if they fully believe he will refuse to re-sign with the team. Believe it or not, Dallas’ front office still thinks it has a chance to resign the disgruntled cornerback. But the offseason acquisitions of both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne probably sealEd Jenkins fate months ago. Look for Dallas to wait for the best deal post-preseason or even right up to the trade deadline. I think it will take a third round pick or a player of equal value to get him out of Jerry Jones‘ grasp.
2. What veteran Cowboys players are on the bubble?
A: Former Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee is definitely on the bubble with Kyle Orton in town. There have also been rumors that one of the Cowboys main defensive ends, Jason Hatcher or Marcus Spears, could also be on the way out.
3. Which youngsters are making a strong push for a roster spot, that Chargers fans will get to watch this weekend?
A: The biggest story that is unraveling during this preseason is the battle for the vacant third wide receiver position. Andre Holmes, Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, and Raymond Radway should all be watched closely this weekend as the battle is ongoing. Also watch out for safety Barry Church. Church has been the stand-out of training camp and has the early bid for that starting spot on the defensive secondary.
Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Demarco Murray (29) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
4. I have DeMarco Murray in a keeper league, should he be one of my keepers?
A: Absolutely. The future is bright for this young Sooner. The biggest question is his health. If he can remain injury-free this season, expect close to 100 yards of total offense each game with an upswing in receptions. Don’t expect him to be a workhorse when it comes to scoring though. Dallas is terrible in the redzone and the young offensive line doesn’t help any. But with Felix Jones playing out his final year as a Cowboy, Murray is the clear starter for years to come.
5. What are the expectations for the Cowboys this season?
A: The expectations are what they always are for “America’s Team”: Superbowl. The realistic expectation is a possible playoff berth. That alone will be a tall task with Dallas having one of the toughest schedules in the NFL this season as well as playing in the talent stacked NFC East.
Thanks go out to Steve for giving us a little insight on this game. I would love to go after Mike Jenkins, but a 3rd round pick is high for someone who’s contract is coming up. If we were able to sign him to an extension than it would be worth it. Jammer is getting older and his time at the position will be over soon.
Maybe the Cowboys should just wait to see who we cut at receiver and pick them up and make us look like idiots again.