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Who backs up Brandon Weeden this week?

Kellen Moore (17) backed up Brandon Weeden (3) last week and could keep the role this week as Matt Cassel catches up on the offense.
Kellen Moore (17) backed up Brandon Weeden (3) last week and could keep the role this week as Matt Cassel catches up on the offense. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys continue to support Brandon Weeden as the starter. They have not decided who will backup Weeden on Sunday, however.

Kellen Moore dressed last week, with Matt Cassel inactive. That could continue this week, with Cassel still trying to get up to speed on the Cowboys’ offense.

“This was a big week for him to get a full week in,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday. “Last week was a little bit of he got here late on Wednesday, extra meetings, ‘OK, I’ve got to get all of this out of my head; this is what I used to call it. Now what do we call it? What’s the snap count? OK, alright, I did it wrong; then I went three plays and did it right; now I did it the old way.’ Those are the kind of things you’ve got to get through. This week is much smoother.

“We’ll talk about it after practice [Friday to determine the backup]. Really happy with what Kellen is able to do as well. We’re excited about both of those guys being here. We’ll decide as we move forward where people fall on the depth chart, but both of them are preparing to be the next guy in if we ever have to go that route.”

Cassel, whom the Cowboys traded for last week, has the most experience after Tony Romo. Weeden has played in 30 games, starting 22. Moore has never seen action in a regular-season game. Cassel has started 72 games and played in 91.

But Weeden, in his second season with the Cowboys, and Moore, signed to the practice squad the week of the season opener, have more experience in Linehan’s offense than Cassel.

“Kellen is a few weeks ahead of Matt in terms of understanding our system,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “That’s one of the reasons why he was the number two last week, but Matt’s learning quickly. We’ll give those guys opportunities this week, and we’ll make those determinations at week’s end.”

 

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