Pending a physical, the Cowboys are looking to add offensive tackle Demetress Bell and QB Alex Tanney.
It can’t be a good sign that it took Demetress 28 years to learn how to correctly spell his name. According to Wiki, he spelled his name Demetrius until 2012 when he learned it was actually spelled Demetress. OK he isn’t exactly a fast learner.
Wiki also says that he is the son of former NBA player Karl “the mailman” Malone who evidently made a few “special deliveries” over the years since Demetress doesn’t carry his last name. Wiki reports that Bell’s mom was 13 when she became pregnant.
The Cowboys need help at tackle after another poor performance from Doug Free last season but I’m not so sure they found it in Bell. Pro Football Focus has Bell ranked a very lowly -24.5. That’s even worse than Free! It’s disappointing when you consider there were some quality free agent tackles out there that Jerry Jones could have signed.
Bell has started for the Bills including a large number of penalties, but suffered a knee injury and then went to the Eagles. The Eagles cut Bell because of salary cap reasons but also because his play wasn’t very good in place of an injured Peters. Fans should keep expectations low here. Bell may make Free look like a good option.
Last year I blogged about Tanney’s impressive trick shot video. A link to that entertaining video is in my blog HERE. If Tanney fails to make the Cowboys 53 man roster, Jerry should consider having Tanney perform his passing tricks at halftime to entertain the home crowd. Tanney could go to the upper deck and bounce a football off the huge screen TV that hangs over the field and into a trash can below or something. It’s already a circus environment there anyway.
Currently Dallas only has three QBs with Romo, Kyle Orton, and Nick Stephens. Romo is coming off surgery so it makes sense that Dallas will need another QB to get through the preseason games. Tanney put together some very impressive stats at Division III Monmouth College with 14,249 passing yards and 157 TDs. In the video he demonstrates a strong arm and impressive accuracy. Got to like his 6’4″ height too.
I think this Tanney kid is worth a good like by Dallas. Sure he has a lot of developing to do but if he can toss a football into the arms of a college buddy flying down the road in the back of a pick up truck, then surely he can hit Dez Bryant sprinting down the sideline. Just sayin’.