ARLINGTON -- The preseason is over. The Cowboys finished things with a nice 27-25 win over Miami on Thursday night. Numerous players did not dress up for the game, which allowed for several younger and bubble players to show what they could do. At least one last time. We have the highs and the lows of that in our weekly Stock Report.
David Buehler. Wade Phillips said the kicker passed the test to become the field goal kicker with flying colors on Thursday night. Buehler made four field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, a 31-yarder, to give the Cowboys the win. Buehler was 10-of-11 in the preseason overall.
Stephen McGee. For those of us who doubted whether or not he could play in this league, we're still wondering. But we know that McGee can contribute a little bit. Jason Garrett said you want to see a young quarterback respond in tough times and McGee did. He led one touchdown drive, but he completed 27 of 42 passes for 304 yards. McGee's quarterback rating was 93.8.
Kevin Ogletree. A lot has been made regarding how many wide receivers will be kept on this roster, Ogletree's development on and off the field is a key issue here. In the preseason finale, Ogletree had six catches for 51 yards. Did a nice job running routes, his only known mistake was not getting out of bounds on a reception near the end of the first half.
Victor Butler. We never thought the outside linebacker was in trouble. Butler said you never know. That's a good sign because Butler played as if he was going to get sent home. He's played well the entire preseason and it showed on Thursday night. Here's the line for Butler: Six tackles, two sacks, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles. It's safe to say, Butler isn't going anywhere.
Sean Lee. The Cowboys second round pick struggles in pass coverage, but the coaching staff believes he will get it, at some point this season. Lee makes plays on the ball and that's what gives the team high hopes about his status. Lee finished with four tackles on Thursday, but also had two sacks and two tackles for loss. We're not sure if he's ready for the Nickle linebacker spot, but we do know he will get some playing time in Landover.
Patrick Crayton. The man didn't play, but with Jerry Jones didn't say Crayton will be with us in September. The DeSoto native is a trusted veteran, but in today's NFL, veterans are kicked to the curb and young players are kept. Crayton asked for a release and the Cowboys are working on a possible trade.
Jason Williams. Poor Jason Williams. He was called for a pass interference call inside the 20 and he didn't seem to make many plays on the ball. He was credited with one tackle on Thursday. One. The Dolphins ran the ball 16 times and attempted 39 passes. During all of this you would think, Mr. Williams would get his hands on a few people.
Alex Barron. If Marc Colombo is unavailable for the season opener vs. the Redskins, Barron is your starting right tackle. He didn't play well in the final preseason game. He was called for a hold and he allowed a sack. Barron looked slow off the ball and reinforced all the negative stories about him coming from St. Louis when the Cowboys traded for him. We think Barron is better than this.
Montrae Holland. If Kyle Kosier misses the season opener, Holland gets the call. Holland was called for two false starts vs. the Dolphins first-teamers. He's got to play better than this in Landover. Maybe Barron and Holland were going through the motions, with it being the last preseason game, but this was not a positive way to end the preseason.
Marcus Dixon. Dixon could be headed to the practice squad again. The Cowboys will most likely keep three nose tackles which puts Dixon, a defensive end, off the roster. He needed to make a case for himself and finished with no tackles.