The Preseason is about building depth and building for the future. The Dallas Cowboys, like most NFL teams, have majority of their starters safely established in their positions. The depth chart behind them is a completely different story…
This preseason Sport DFW will profile a few different bubble players (players on the edge of making the roster or getting cut from the team). We will look at their history, their progress, their main competition, and finally their chances of making the roster. They will be our Key Players to Track during the preseason games and should add a little purpose to an otherwise worthless exhibition.
Player: Anthony Armstrong
Draft Status: Undrafted
At age 30, Anthony Armstrong is the veteran of the WR Bubble Group. His career began modestly, playing football at Division II West Texas A&M.
He went undrafted and went on to play Arena/Indoor Football for various teams including the Dallas Desperados in 2007 and 2008.
After posting fantastic numbers for the Desperados he was signed by the Miami Dolphins in 2008 but Armstrong never progressed beyond their practice squad. After the 2009 preseason Armstrong was waived by the Dolphins and signed on to join the Washington Redskins practice squad for the remainder of the season. He officially broke out in 2010 as a consistent deep threat finishing fourth in the NFL in receptions over 40 yards with 7. After finishing 2010 with a career high of 44 receptions for 871 yards he was unable to duplicate his success in 2011 or 2012.
Since joining the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason Armstrong has established himself a very realistic backup WR candidate. His window is closing on his career but he has flashed playmaking potential in training camp and could possibly be this year’s Laurent Robinson.
Because Armstrong’s potential has probably been realized many fans would rather see a Danny Coale or a Cole Beasley make the team than Armstrong. And with all three fighting for the same limited roster spots it’s very likely one of those three will not make the final roster in 2013.
But at this point Armstrong should be considered the frontrunner for the #5 spot. His biggest competition has been spending time on the sideline while Anthony has been getting valuable practice reps. Tony Romo and Jason Garrett both prefer a smart reliable target and both are also in “Win Now” mode. The biggest question revolves around the type of contribution the #5 and #6 receivers can make to Special Teams. Special Teams may decide the depth chart in the end.
Chance to make the final roster: 70%
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