Dak Prescott shares the back locker room with the other rookies.
But experience or not, locker or not, Prescott already has earned acceptance from the Dallas Cowboys veterans.
Not that they have much choice.
The compression fracture in Tony Romo’s back will keep the Cowboys starting quarterback out anywhere from six to 10 weeks.
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It’s a sense of urgency that we can’t look around and wait for somebody to come save the day.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr on playing without starting quarterback Tony Romo
“We’ve been there before,” Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr said. “Last year was kind of shocker to have our signal caller down for those significant games that he was down. We learned how to live without Tony last year, so this year heading into it, you don’t want to see a guy like that go down, but at the same time you understand the situation at hand. We can’t blink this year.
“We’re in the same situation at hand. It’s a sense of urgency that we can’t look around and wait for somebody to come save the day. It’s up to us to go out there and stay together as a team and try to win these ballgames.”
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Prescott, 23, won the Cowboys’ confidence in the preseason.
“Just do our jobs, and Dak’s going to take care of his just like that,” Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said.
Prescott didn’t play Thursday in the preseason finale, but he completed 39 of 50 passes for 454 yards with five touchdowns, no interceptions and a 137.8 passer rating in three preseason games.
The former Mississippi State standout handled everything thrown his way, which is why the Cowboys haven’t lost hope even after losing their quarterback.
Dak’s emergence makes you feel better about having that happen to you, because there is a lot of optimism with Dak.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on having rookie Dak Prescott
The Cowboys will open the season against the New York Giants on Sept. 11 with the same expectations they had Day One of training camp.
“I really like our football team,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Obviously, no one is naive when you lose your starting quarterback for some time, which it’s obviously going to be some time. That certainly wasn’t in our plans. You certainly hope something like that doesn’t happen.
“But obviously Dak’s emergence makes you feel better about having that happen to you, because there is a lot of optimism with Dak. Other than that, our team has exceeded our expectations in training camp, and guys have performed well and done a really nice job for us. We really feel good about our team.”
The Cowboys, though, will continue to weigh their options behind Prescott. Jameill Showers didn’t win the backup job with his play in Thursday’s 28-17 loss to the Houston Texans.
Austin Davis remains an option, Jones said, and the Cowboys will scan the waiver wire over the weekend. Several veteran quarterbacks could become available.
“Obviously this is a unique situation here,” Jones said. “We have a young guy who everybody thinks a lot of, and then we’ve also got one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL who will be back this year to help us win and compete for a championship. It’s a unique situation when a quarterback takes a look at it and tries to figure out where he’s going to fit. I’m sure that’s what Austin looked at, and he’s trying to figure out if there might be a better place for him. We certainly can understand that, and we’ll just go from there.”