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Mailbag: Progress Of The Backup Quarterbacks?

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Am I the only avid Cowboys fan concerned about the current quarterback backups? Can you comment on the skill levels of Cooper Rush and Mike White at this time? - DR. MORRIS F. KELLER / GREEN FOREST, AR

Bryan: I believe everyone is concerned with the backup quarterback situation with the exception of the front office and coaching staff. It’s a big training camp for both Rush and White. With the roster the way it is, I don’t see that they’ll be able to carry three quarterbacks, so someone is going to have to win that job. My money is on White going into his second season, but he’s got to play better than he did last year.

Rob: The progress of the backup QBs is definitely something to watch as we move into the summer. Everyone’s spent the offseason asking about the running back depth: ‘What happens if Ezekiel Elliott were to miss any snaps?’ Well, what if Dak Prescott were to miss any time? Sure, he’s built like LVE, but he took some big hits last year. Rush has shown flashes, more so in his rookie year than last preseason. White has potential – size, arm – but he had to learn to process things faster as a rookie. You’d expect that to improve this year.

The ‘Boys seem to have built up a war chest of depth on the offensive line with guys like Cameron Fleming, Joe Looney, Su’a-Filo, and Connor McGovern/Connor Williams that could start on many other teams. What are the chances we see a trade of one of those guys to shore up weaker spots on the roster? - GOOSE BRAUN / ROCKFORD, MI

Bryan: You didn’t even mention the three undrafted kids they’ve added as well. I promise you that Stephen Jones and Will McClay are fielding some calls about their depth, not only along the offensive line but other positions as well. It’s a good problem to have. 

Rob: Stephen Jones told us this week that the Cowboys have gotten trade calls from teams about “different positions,” and he also referenced the offensive line’s depth as a “position of strength.” Maybe that’s something in their back pocket in case they get really depleted at a position in training camp. But you’ve got to be careful trading away players just because you’re “deep” there. Depth is fleeting. Just think about last year, when Travis Frederick’s GBS issue came out of nowhere.

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