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Cowboys News: Why Youth Is Served At Backup QB Position

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys look to develop young QBs; Cowboys need to creat takeaways; team mum on McClain's future.

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Cowboys Content To Develop Young QBs Over Pursuing Veteran Backup - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Stephen Jones announced that youth is served at the Cowboys' backup quarterback position going forward.

"Cincinnati last year had a really solid football team. You look at what they did with A.J. [mcCarron], a fifth-round pick out of the SEC and he came in and had every opportunity and, nothing to do with him, had a chance to win a playoff game for them," Jones said. "So, at some point you've got to commit your resources to getting your young guys ready or you're always in that mode of older, veteran guys."

"They developed him," Jones said. "He really played well for the Bengals in Cincinnati, and we've got to do the same thing."

Asked if he was interested in pursuing a more experienced option, such as recently-released Rams quarterback Nick Foles, team owner/general manager Jerry Jones didn’t mince any words.

"Foles isn't an option," he said. "We can't get him any snaps. We’ve got four that are going to get snaps."

Under-the-radar preseason storylines - Cowboys need to creat takeaways - Staff, ESPN
Todd Archer looks at the Cowboys' under-the-radar storyline, and comes up with secondary coach Joe Baker.

Here's why: The Cowboys promoted Joe Baker to secondary coach in the offseason and he has one task: create takeaways. Brandon Carr has not had an interception in 36 straight games. Orlando Scandrick has never had more than two in a season and is coming off a serious knee injury that kept him off the field in 2015. Morris Claiborne has one pick in his past 19 games. While an improved pass rush will help create takeaways, the corners have to find a way to make plays on their own.

McClain still on team, but Dallas Cowboys mum on his future - David Humphrey, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys were tight-lipped about McClain despite repeatedly being prompted on the topic, but what little they said sounded ominous.

"We’re going to focus on what we’re dealing with right now. As we move forward, we’ll deal with other issues that come up," Stephen Jones said.

"He’s not here and we’ll move on," Stephen Jones said.

Damien Wilson injures eye while playing paintball - Todd Archer, ESPN
Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson suffered an eye injury while playing paintball, although the team does not believe the injury is serious.

"We feel good that he'll be back here in 10 days, barring any complications," Stephen Jones said.

LB Depth Thinner Without Damien Wilson - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Jaylon Smith never figured into the Cowboys' plans for camp, Rolando McClain took himself out thos plans, and Damien Wilson's eye injury will now keep a third linebacker out for at least part of camp.

Cowboys officials backing rookie Ezekiel Elliott in wake of assault allegations - Brandon George, Miami Herald
Dallas Cowboys officials made it clear Friday who they believe in the investigation into whether rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott assaulted a former girlfriend.

A Cowboys source said Friday the club believes "there was an agenda here," adding that NFL players "are targets."

One Cowboys source Friday said this will be "a great learning experience for him" as Elliott feels his way through his sudden wealth while making the transition from Ohio State to the Cowboys.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday that the investigations into Elliott are "out of our control" and they hope for a resolution soon.

James Hanna lands on PUP list with knee injury - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys reserve tight end complained about soreness in his knee on Friday, and the Cowboys are taking a precautionary approach with him.