There has been much speculation that Rudy Carpenter could end up as the Cowboys' third quarterback, albeit on the practice squad. He has been there, done that.
His goal is to make the 53-player roster.
"I mean, the goal is to play in the NFL as long as you can, any way you can do it," Carpenter said. "Obviously, I want to be on an active roster. I want to have a role on a team. I want to be a part of the team. But you can’t do that if you’re out of the NFL. If my role is to be a practice squad quarterback, then that’s what I’m going to do. But obviously like everybody in this locker room, I want to make the roster."
Carpenter made the Cowboys' practice squad out of training camp in 2009, his first season in the NFL, before the Buccaneers signed him to their active roster Nov. 24 of that season. He was on the Bucs' 53-player roster for the 2010 season, though he did not play. In 2011, he spent 13 weeks on Tampa Bay's practice squad before signing to their active roster Dec. 3.
Stephen McGee will start Wednesday's preseason game against the Dolphins, but Carpenter will get his opportunity to show what he can do. Carpenter's game action was limited in the first three preseason games, as he went 6-for-14 for 78 yards with a touchdown and an 84.8 rating."I’m just excited to get in there and hopefully get a chance to play a little bit more than I have the first three weeks and just try to run the offense, try to execute football plays, try and get completions and put points on the board when we can," Carpenter said.
There is a good chance the Cowboys keep only two quarterbacks on their 53-player roster since Carpenter is eligible for the practice squad. But if Wednesday's game means nothing else, it does give Carpenter and McGee a chance to impress scouts from other teams.
Carpenter, like McGee, said he can control only what he can control. He won't worry about his future.
"I’ve been on teams where I felt like I played well enough to make the team and didn’t," Carpenter said. "I’ve been on teams where I didn’t really play at all in the preseason and made the team. So it just comes down to whatever the coaches are going to, numbers."
-- Charean Williams