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Romo, Bryant connect in Cowboys scrimmage, look ‘sharp as a tack’

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Tony Romo appears to be getting closer to midseason form.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback went 7-for-8 during two two-minute series on Sunday, highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant during the first series. Romo finished the day 13-for-19 passing in team and 7-on-7 drills before the annual Blue/White Scrimmage.

“Tony I thought was sharp as a tack out there,” owner Jerry Jones said.

Romo, 36, had arguably his best off-season and it has translated to training camp early on. He and Bryant getting on the same page is always welcome news for the Cowboys.

On the TD, Bryant beat Brandon Carr with a stutter go and ran freely into the end zone. He threw up his signature “X” to the adoring fans on hand for the annual scrimmage.

Jones liked what he saw from Bryant, and executive vice president Stephen Jones smiled when asked about the two coming through during the two-minute drills.

“Oh yeah. You take that for granted, I guess, but it is nice to see it,” Stephen Jones said. “If they’re not getting it done by the start of the season, we might have a little light problem.”

That touchdown play between Romo and Bryant stood out to coach Jason Garrett, too.

“It was good to see Tony make that throw,” Garrett said. “Dez looked like he went and got it and made a good play on that ball.”

Romo and Bryant connected once in the second two-minute series.

Jones impressing

Undrafted rookie receiver Andy Jones is turning heads early on at camp and is a serious candidate to make the Cowboys’ roster. Jones caught a touchdown pass from Dak Prescott in 7-on-7 drills, and made another catch during the scrimmage portion from Jameill Showers.

After Sunday’s Blue/White Scrimmage, Jerry Jones said: “I thought 81 [Andy Jones] looked good.”

Stephen Jones didn’t disagree, and it became another positive day for Andy Jones.

“He’s had a great camp,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s one of those that you look at in a uniform and go, ‘Wow,’ that’s pretty good. Then he goes and plays and it’s still really good. He’s certainly making a big effort here and I think he has a real chance to compete for a spot on this team.

“That’s a talented receiving corps out there, too, from top to bottom. We were talking about that the other day, a very competitive group out there. Big, physical guys who play football really well.”

Andy Jones is listed at 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, and has certainly shown physicality in his ability to get open. And he’s taking advantage with Devin Street nursing a back injury in recent days.

Street has made nine catches for 132 yards and one touchdown in the two seasons since the Cowboys made him a fifth-round pick.Andy Jones could become a more attractive developmental piece to keep on the roster.

“It’s a big jump [from college], but I have to say I’m handling it well,” Andy Jones said. “I’m taking every play as it comes and staying consistent. Trusting what I know and my skills. It’s all working out.”

Extension talk

Travis Frederick’s agent is in town and the Cowboys have interest in reaching a long-term deal with the center.

Stephen Jones acknowledged the two sides are talking and the organization hopes to keep Frederick around.

“He’s one of those type of guys you want on your football team,” Jones said. “He’s obviously a great football player on the field, but a better guy off.”

Frederick reiterated that his sole focus is on football, although he has recognized centers getting nice pay days around the league such as Alex Mack, Mike Pouncey and Rodney Hudson.

“It’s definitely good to see that, absolutely,” Frederick said. “My focus is not on anybody else other than myself and what I can do for the Cowboys and what I can do on the field. I want to be the best player that I possibly can be and hopefully be the best center in the league, but it’s all very opinion based.”

Briefly

▪ The Cowboys signed defensive end Shaneil Jenkins on Sunday.

▪ The Blue/White Scrimmage drew 8,726 fans.

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