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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Proving Ground: Stephen McGee

By Tim MacMahon

Eighth in a 10-part series focusing on young non-starters who have a lot to prove during training camp (series):

Wade Phillips declared this offseason that he was pleased with Stephen McGee ’s progress because the young quarterback was making quicker decisions. His passes weren’t on the money that often, but at least he was getting rid of the ball on time.

Consider that evidence of just how much work McGee has to do.

McGee needs to show the Cowboys this summer that he’s a worthy developmental project. If he can’t do that, it’s likely that the Cowboys will look to replace him with a mid-round draft pick next year.

The Cowboys love McGee’s physical tools and character. He’s got a big arm, good quickness and looks the part of an NFL quarterback. He’s a smart guy who works hard.

Now it’s time to see the talent translate into performance. That didn’t happen much at Texas A&M, where McGee was miscast in a Zone Read-based scheme for three seasons and spent most of his senior year on the sideline after injuring his shoulder. That didn’t happen much during training camp and preseason last year, when McGee usually looked afraid to make a mistake.

The Cowboys are in big trouble if they have to count on McGee this season. He needs to give them hope that won’t be the case in the future.