Sunday, August 28, 2011
Stock Report: Romo up, Gurode down
By Calvin Watkins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cowboys moved to 2-1 in the preseason with a 23-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night. As the Cowboys get close to lowering the numbers on the roster, we look at who played well and who didn't in our weekly Stock Report.
Tony Romo. He looked really good Saturday night with probably his best game of the preseason. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 141 yards, picking up a 94 quarterback rating in the process. Romo found some of his favorite targets in Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in a first half of work, but one thing he did well was get rid of the ball faster when pressured.
Tashard Choice. Choice made his preseason debut and had two long runs taken away for penalties, but overall his 4.7 yards-per-carry average proved there are no lingering effects from a calf injury. Choice hit the holes fast, made a few people miss and displayed some speed. While Felix Jones is No. 1 on the depth chart, Choice is No. 2 with no questions asked.
Gerald Sensabaugh. The strong safety has played well in the preseason and he was busy Saturday night. He picked off a Donovan McNabb pass and blocked a field-goal try. Jason Garrett talks about turnovers helping teams win games and Sensabaugh backed that statement with his play.
Andre Gurode. The Cowboys are in the stages of cutting the Pro Bowl center because of his age, salary and potential health problems. Gurode can remain with the team by taking a pay cut, but it doesn't appear that's going to work for him. It might be time for Gurode to find another team.
Martellus Bennett. The tight end dropped another pass and suffered a right high-ankle sprain. Bennett wasn't in the mood to talk when he left the locker room. His status with the team wasn't in doubt; however, the longer this injury keeps him out, the more people will forget he was playing well this camp.
David Buehler. You can't win a job when you're hurt and this is the case with Buehler (hip). Dan Bailey made two field goals, Shayne Graham made another and Buehler didn't attempt any. With a roster cut looming this week, the Cowboys might do something not only with Gurode but with Buehler as well.