Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys aren’t in the market for a veteran quarterback even though backup Kellen Moore is out for the season with a broken ankle.
That’s because fourth-round pick Dak Prescott was magnificent in his NFL debut Saturday. Prescott went 10 for 12 for 139 yards and two touchdowns as Dallas’ starting quarterback in its preseason opener against the Los Angeles Rams. Fellow rookie Jameill Showers also performed decently, completing 50 percent of his passes for 99 yards.
Clearly, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was impressed by both quarterbacks. So impressed, he might not be looking for additional help at the position.
“He is a long way from Canton, a long way from Canton,” Jones told the Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill. “But it was certainly a great start. It was just good to see the coaching staff and everybody get behind the promise of what he might be able to be as a player. Certainly the way he and [Jameill] Showers played, I wouldn’t consider a backup quarterback situation at all.
“I wouldn’t want to, by any way, deter the progress and the excitement that he can bring to the building of the team and the future.”
While a bit wordy, that sure sounds like a statement of affirmation in the current quarterback group. It’s important to note this was one preseason game and obviously neither quarterback was facing a true NFL defense from a personnel or a schematic standpoint. Nobody should overreact to one strong outing.
Yet, Prescott might have proven he was further along in his development than even the Cowboys expected. He could serve as a reputable backup to Tony Romo, and perhaps Showers is worthy of being the third-stringer.
Lucky for Jones, the Cowboys still have three more preseason games to digest and assess what they have. The Cowboys might opt to bring in a veteran for cautionary reasons, but it’s clear Prescott is on the right path to be the backup of the present and the starter of the future.