The biggest knee-jerk reaction to the five-possession live session from the Cowboys' Blue-White scrimmage involves the battle to be the Cowboys’ third quarterback. Rudy Carpenter clearly took a step forward. Stephen McGee, the former Texas A&M quarterback once considered a possible backup, clearly took a step back.
McGee led three of the five drives and never moved the chains. He was sacked once, by Kyle Wilber. He completed 2-of-5 passes, including a wobbler that could have (should have?) been intercepted by Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
Carpenter had his dubious moments, too. He threw an interception on his first snap, and bobbled an exchange with center Harland Gunn that Carpenter managed to recover. Carpenter also managed to complete passes to Raymond Radway, Donovan Kemp and Tony Benford, all for first downs, that carried the offense into position for a field goal.
Ideally, the Cowboys never need to have a third quarterback take a meaningful snap during the regular season with Tony Romo and Kyle Orton clearly entrenched in the top two spots. But if injuries surface, Carpenter clearly is outplaying McGee in the early stages of camp to be the third guy.
_ Jimmy Burch