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Mark Sanchez knows enough of the Cowboys’ offense to play in a pinch

Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez (3) is getting the offense down after arriving two weeks ago as a free agent to backup Dak Prescott.
Cowboys quarterback Mark Sanchez (3) is getting the offense down after arriving two weeks ago as a free agent to backup Dak Prescott. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Mark Sanchez arrived in town almost two weeks ago to play the role of backup quarterback to Dak Prescott. He crammed last week, learning as much of the offense as possible just in case.

Prescott, though, made it through the game unscathed.

Sanchez and the Cowboys are much more confident in him this week to play in a pinch.

“He’s picked it up quickly, and he’s worked very hard at it,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “One of the challenges that we have and every team in the league has is you want to get your starting quarterback ready to play in the games so the number of reps you give your backup is just not that significant over the course of the week, so you have to do extra stuff. He’s worked very hard on his own. He spends a great deal of time here. He’s here early. He stays late. He asks a lot of questions and he uses all the resources at his disposal. He’s clearly a veteran guy, goes about it the right way, professional approach.

“The biggest challenge for us is making sure he gets reps, so we try to do that in different ways, but he’s certainly more and more comfortable with the offense as he goes.”

Sanchez, 29, has started 72 games in his career, going 37-35.

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