Dallas Cowboys

Young players ready to shine in preseason opener

Dak Prescott is ready to make the most of his first opportunity Saturday.
Dak Prescott is ready to make the most of his first opportunity Saturday. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

All eyes will be on the Dallas Cowboys’ young quarterbacks when they open the preseason Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Can Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers carry the positive signs they’ve shown so far in training camp into game action?

Prescott and Showers both know this will likely mark their most extensive playing time in a game situation in the preseason, and are embracing the moment.

“Every opportunity is a chance for me to go out there, put my best on the line and get better,” Prescott said. “I’ve got to be ready for every moment.”

For now, Prescott is the Cowboys’ backup quarterback. Team brass have said multiple times they are comfortable for the time being having Prescott serve as Tony Romo’s backup in the wake of Kellen Moore going down with a broken right fibula.

But Prescott must show he can handle game situations, as does Showers.

“If I got out there timid and late on throws, it’ll just show I’m not ready,” Showers said. “And I am ready. I’m going to get a lot of playing time this game, so I need to show that I have control of the offense, that I know what I’m doing and I’m confident in myself. Just have fun and play.”

Coach Jason Garrett refused to speculate on how the Cowboys’ may approach the game in terms of playing time. Prescott and Showers aren’t exactly sure, either, whether each will play a half, or if it’ll be broken down somewhat differently.

It’s unknown if Romo may even get a series in this game.

But it’s the young guys who have a chance to really shine.

Running back Darius Jackson has flashed speed and potential early on in camp as well. He’s gotten plenty of opportunities with Ezekiel Elliott dealing with a hamstring injury, and Darren McFadden recovering from elbow surgery.

And Jackson will certainly have the chance to shine yet again Saturday.

“Very excited,” Jackson said. “I just want to play well. Go out there and do what I do, get relaxed and play football.”

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