The Dallas Cowboys are doing their best to play possum in their attempts to slow down the hype on rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott heading into the season as Tony Romo’s primary backup.
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Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are not making personnel decisions right now even though it’s a weekly, if not daily, conversation amongst the team’s brass in training camp.
He gave this stock answer Sunday when asked about Prescott and the backup spot: "We’re focused on this day of training camp. We’re not getting into rosters and depth charts and all that kind of stuff."
Vice president Stephen Jones got into the act after the Miami game last Friday with a generic answer on what more Prescott had to show, as if near perfect performances in his first two preseason games wasn’t enough.
In two games against the Los Angles Rams and Dolphins, the fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State has completed 22 of 27 passes for 338 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has two touchdowns rushing and has led the offense to scores every time he has been on the field.
"That’s hard to say," Stephen Jones said. "It’s preseason. It speaks for itself. So far, he’s done a really nice job leading the team. I think he is being productive. His production speaks for itself. It’s still preseason. We will have to continue to evaluate his progress. It’s the full body of work. Not just two preseason games. Minicamps. It’s the practices. It’s everything."
Everything points to Prescott.
There is no way the Cowboys are going to trade for the likes of Josh McCown, giving up a draft pick for a one-year rental, while taking snaps away from Prescott.
Jerry Jones has said as much and even declared Prescott as the primary focus for the backup quarterback after spotless play in the preseason opener.
And that was before the unabashed rookie had an even better encore against the Dolphins.
Yet Jones when speaking to the media following the game, initially played the company line “of not wanting to get ahead of ourselves.”
But the more Jones talked, the window to his heart and true feelings opened up.
"There’s an old adage that if you’ve seen it and you’ve seen it pretty good, well then you know it’s there, you know they can do it," Jones said. "The question of many college quarterbacks is can they operate in the pro game, in the pro system. Can they not only function under the early, especially with our game, but can they do it efficiently?
“We’ve seen him do it at practice. We’ve seen him do it in meeting sessions. We’ve seen him carry that now to games. There is an energy that comes with him to the field. That same energy, surprisingly, comes with him to the classroom. That same energy comes with him in many different ways. You got to add that up. We are in a situation where we can have a developing backup quarterback because of the excellence of Tony Romo. We can have that behind him. To me, that’s what you’re ideally striving for. What we’ve seen so far in these first two preseason games does make you look positively toward his progress."
The look on Jones’ face said it all while walking into the locker room after the Miami game. He was filled with so much joy and happiness about Prescott performance that you could have popped him with a pin.
Yet, he walked in trying to look serious.
He then glanced over to a Star-Telegram reporter with a nod and smile and said “don’t make me grin.”
You can be sure Smiley Jones is grinning from ear to ear over Prescott.