Tom Brandstater's chances of making the Cowboys are somewhere south of slim and none. Dallas will keep three quarterbacks and, barring the completely unexpected, Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee will be Tony Romo's backups. But the Cowboys like Brandstater. He spent last season on the Dolphins practice squad.
The Cowboys signed the former Fresno State standout during training camp. He played briefly in last week's game against the Vikings and played the fourth quarter Thursday against the Dolphins.
He went 5-for-11 for 85 yards and a 72.2 passer rating. Brandstater nearly led the Cowboys to a touchdown on their last possession.
"It was fun to get more than one drive in there," Brandstater said. "Obviously, it wasn’t perfect, but it was an experience to do a couple of different scenarios, coming out from our goal line, backed up, was good and then to get in a 2-minute drill. It was nice to kind of work on a couple of situations and have a little bit of success. Obviously, I would like to punch it in and get a touchdown and not hurt my guy [Raymond Radway] like that. But that’s the way it goes. Overall, a good experience."
Brandstater doesn't know what his future holds, but he is tired of living out of a suitcase. He has lived in multiple hotels during training camp, starting with the Dolphins before being cut and picked up by the Cowboys.
"No one knows what their future is in the league, including myself," Brandstater said. "I’ve got no idea. The coaches and the personnel people of the Cowboys will do all that. It’s out of hands. I’m glad I got a chance to play a little bit. Obviously, I’d like to have a couple of things back. That’s the way this game goes. So we’ll what happens from here and just keep pushing forward."
Brandstater was a sixth-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2009. He also has had a stintwith the Colts, failing to stick there either. In other words, three years later, Brandstater still is looking for a home.
-- Charean Williams