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Drew Henson’s Stock Rises after NFL Europe Play

Gary Horton believes that Dallas reserve quarterback Drew Henson raised his stock more than any other player allocated to NFL Europe this offseason.

Drew Henson Dallas QB Photo 1. QB Drew Henson, Rhein Fire (allocated by Dallas Cowboys)
Henson is a household name we have all heard about and at first glance he is a higher profile guy than we are used to seeing in NFLE. However, Henson is a player who still needs game experience and live snaps. Henson’s biggest problem in his young NFL career has been his inability to read defenses, process information, and make quick decisions … and that’s what you do in these game situations. He has all the physical skills that you are looking for and he is coming off a season for Rhein in which he completed 109 of 209 passes for 1,321 yards and 10 touchdowns, but most importantly, he threw only three interceptions. The latter statistic leads you to believe that his decision making has improved. So, where does Henson fit in the Cowboys’ plans? He will compete again with Tony Romo to be backup quarterback behind aging starter Drew Bledsoe. However, with Bledsoe near the end of his career, the Cowboys must decide whether Romo or Henson is their quarterback of the future and Henson’s positive performance in NFLE should raise his confidence level entering training camp.

According to the article’s footer, Gary Horton, a pro scout for Scouts Inc., has been a football talent evaluator for more than 30 years. He spent 10 years in the NFL and 10 years at the college level before launching a private scouting firm called “The War Room.” This is high praise, indeed, coming from someone with that much experience.

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While most of the observations by Mr Horton
are fairly accurate, one huge factor is
missing from his analysis. We all are hesitant
to point out that Drew is lined up with the
wrong head coach. Parcells’ huge mismanagement
of Drew in his rookie year, hurt his confidence
immensely. Drew arrived in camp highly confident
and beaming with enthusiasm. He had good numbers
and could have challenged for the starting job.
The head coach, determined to undermine his
owner, who was thrilled with Henson, held the
young qb back and diminished his confidence.
We all are hoping that Drew can recover from
this devasting rookie experience and continue
to develop as a top NFL qb. However,
folks, let’s face up now. Drew needs to get
out of Dallas and far away from Bill Parcells.

Posted by Bob McAllister | August 1, 2006 | 08:59 pm | Permalink

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