Thursday, August 30, 2012
Stock Report: Lance Dunbar up; Stephen McGee down
By Calvin Watkins
The preseason is finally over and with that, we've got another installment of the award-winning Stock Report. We tell you who's up and who's down for the Cowboys after their 30-13 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Lance Dunbar. The running back rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run. It was Dunbar's first game after a hamstring slowed his progress, and he impressed the coaches. But will it be enough to make the 53-man roster? It seems Phillip Tanner is in good shape to become the No. 3 back. That leaves Dunbar -- who might get cut but could be brought back to the practice squad.
Orie Lemon. He was another player on the bubble. Special teams is his way to make the roster, but Wednesday night, Lemon returned an interception 26 yards for a score and finished with five total tackles. The Cowboys have to decide if Lemon is good enough to give them more numbers at linebacker. Lemon made the case harder for the Cowboys with his efforts Wednesday.
Dan Bailey. Remember last year the Cowboys had a kicking competition? No more. Bailey finished the preseason perfect, going 8-for-8 including making all three of his kicks against the Dolphins. It was a great way to enter the regular season.
Stephen McGee. Coach Jason Garrett said he saw some good things out of McGee from the Dolphins game. McGee completed 9-of-18 passes for 124 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. McGee was under duress on some throws and just missed guys on others. It's always something with him, and the Cowboys just need to go with two quarterbacks.
Teddy Williams. The cornerback led the secondary with eight solo tackles, but he played badly in coverage. He missed a tackle, got knocked around on kick coverage and just had an overall bad night. The Teddy Williams Experiment sponsored by the Dallas Cowboys needs to end today. He's an athletic-type player, who is probably better suited for track.
David Arkin. The backup guard/center was pushed to the ground during a pass play and was inconsistent for most of the night. He's not getting cut and he should get credit for taking all those snaps in practices and games when Phil Costa went down with a strained back. But Arkin fumbled a snap Wednesday night. Not good.