Tony Romo’s return means Mark Sanchez will lose his job. Sanchez, who has made 72 career starts, becomes the No. 3 quarterback with Romo as the backup to Dak Prescott.
“Potentially less reps, but you’ve just got to stay ready,” Sanchez said in the locker room as Romo address the media in the interview room. “A lot of things can happen quickly as we all know in this league. Things change at the drop of a hat. You’ve just got to be ready to play and prepare and continue to help Dak get ready to play.”
Sanchez repeated what owner Jerry Jones said about the Cowboys dressing three quarterbacks: It’s a coaches’ decision. But the Cowboys, like most teams in the NFL, dress only two quarterbacks on game day.
Sanchez said his preparation won’t change just because his role has.
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“That’s the name of the game is just being prepared and ready to go,” Sanchez said. “Every rep you get ,make those count instead of counting the reps. Have fun with it and continue what we’ve got going. We’re on a roll here. There’s nothing really to change. Just keep preparing.”
Sanchez likely switches roles with Romo on game day, wearing street clothes and listening to the play call on the headset. He will, however, continue to support Prescott.
“That’s just a representation of everybody in the locker room,” Sanchez said. “Everybody’s so thrilled for the guy, because he’s such a team guy, and he’s working so hard. He has found himself in a great position, and he’s really taken advantage of it.”
Sanchez had opportunities to go elsewhere and compete for the starting job. But he chose the Cowboys after the Broncos released him Sept. 3 despite knowing he wouldn’t start.
Sanchez said Tuesday he has no regrets.
“This is a great organization to be a part of,” Sanchez said. “The friendships I’ve made and relationships you build here have been pretty special and to be a part of a winning team is always nice. So that’s good.”
Sanchez has played five snaps this season, replacing Prescott in mop-up duty against the Browns. He completed his only pass for 8 yards.