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Cowboys News: Should The Search For A Backup Quarterback Continue?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Should the team let it ride with Prescott and Showers? Can this be the year for Brandon Carr? Team adds a pass rusher.

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Maybe the Cowboys are on to something with their patient approach to finding Tony Romo's backup - Brandon George, SportsDay
The Cowboys continue to be patient in their approach to finding a backup quarterback. Maybe they're on to something, George explains.

Part of the reason the Cowboys are taking it slow is because the club is still early in training camp and they've been impressed with Prescott and Showers.

"Both of them are really, really doing a good job in the role that we've asked of them," Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said after practice. "Certainly Dak has been taking more reps and working with the twos more and we've been really pleased with Dak in that role, but Jameill is competing and he's pushing the quarterback group and he's not going away because he's got a lot of ability, too."

Jerry Jones will stand pat if Cowboys young QBs continue to progress - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys owner was pleased with the play of quarterbacks Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers in the Blue/White scrimmage. He may not go after a veteran backup if they continue to progress.

Jones was pleased with what he saw from all the quarterbacks, including starter Tony Romo, who completed 13 of 19 passes in team and 7-on-7 work. Romo was 7 of 8 in 2-minute situations and had a pretty 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dez Bryant, drawing a cheer from the 8,726 fans in attendance.

But it was the play of Prescott and Showers that was of particular focus to the Cowboys. Prescott got the bulk of his work in team and 7-on-7, completing 9 of 12 passes. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to second-year tight Geoff Swaim in team and a touchdown to rookie free agent Andy Jones in 7-on-7.


"Now Or Never" For Dallas To Sign A Veteran QB? Jess Haynie, Inside The Star

There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to who might end up with the backup quarterback gig by the time the regular seasons begins, but one thing is known - whoever it ends up being, it would behoove them to be getting some good reps in training camp.

Dallas’ plan to ride with Prescott and Showers is noble and potentially very rewarding. If it doesn’t go well, though, then they’re back in the same predicament as last season. Renewing the effort to trade for McCown or going after any other option would give that new veteran the same handicap that Cassel had.

But if things aren't looking good, they should react quickly.

Hopefully, Dallas sees enough in the first preseason game to know what they have in the young players. That would still leave three weeks and three more exhibition games to help get a new guy ready.

Potential outside options at backup QB for the Cowboys (No, not Johnny Manziel) - Matt Mosley, SportsDay

The front office is trying to sell us that they’re okay with Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers holding down the backup QB spots, but not a lot of people are buying that. The Cowboys will continue to look at options to strengthen the position. Matt Mosley provides a few options.

Question: Hate to say it because you never want a guy getting hurt, but do you think the Kellen Moore injury was a blessing in disguise? Did you have faith in him?

Mosley: Yeah it feels strange to say that, but I did just that on 103.3 FM ESPN yesterday. I didn't have much faith in Moore. I felt like the Cowboys needed someone with some decent experience, like Nick Foles. Now Jerry is acting like he never really wanted Foles. I'd go after McCown of the Browns if the price isn't too high. I'd also take a look at Shaun Hill, another Linehan guy. And I wouldn't be afraid of giving Vick one last chance. His teammates in Philly loved him.

The "no Manziel" disclaimer was clever, but I could have done without the throwing Michael Vick there at the end.

The veteran quarterback that the Dallas Cowboys should consider - Tyrone Starr, The Landry Hat

It seems like some type of sick joke to suggest the Cowboys would be interested in Michael Vick, but is there any there any sound reasoning to entertain this idea? He’d be super cheap, but could he be a serviceable placeholder for a few games if called upon?

Last year, when Pittsburgh lost their quarterback for a few games, Vick came in, kept the ship afloat and led the Steelers to a 2-1 record. That only loss being a fluke loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Vick didn’t wow you statistically but he did protect the football while completing 60% of his passes.

I guess when you had to sit through the 2015 QB atrocity, you get a little loopy and say silly things.

Thanks, Mike.


Sun. Scrimmage Recap: Young QBs Show Off, Dez Goes Deep; More - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Helman recaps the day's practice with the play of the day.

We’ve been waiting for Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to connect on a truly memorable play, and it happened during the two-minute drill on Sunday. Romo guided the offense downfield with throws to Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. Then, from about the 33-yard line, he dropped back and hoisted a deep ball. Bryant faked Brandon Carr out of his shoes with a stutter-go and was several steps behind the coverage. He made an easy catch and the end zone and threw up the "X" – not just for the fans in attendance, but right in the secondary’s faces.

Cowboys training camp notebook from Oxnard - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Davison focuses his camp report on Tony Romo, who appears to be getting closer to midseason form.

"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.

Scout's Notebook: Swaim's Strong Camp, Rodney Smith Shows Up; More - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
Broadddus offers up some observations from the Blue-White scrimmage, and this one caught our eye.

Creative design from Scott Linehan to get Terrance Williams the ball inside the five yard line. Williams lined up wide right and came in motion to create a bunch look with Cole Beasley and Jason Witten. Dez Bryant was lined up tight left and came underneath, running hard to his right. Alfred Morris was the lone back and he sprinted to his right to draw the defense with him. Williams and Witten worked to the left, crossing with Bryant. It appeared that the defense was drawn to the crossing Bryant -- which allowed Williams to sneak behind the coverage and become wide open over the ball. Romo saw what was happening in the development of the route and fired the ball inside for the easy score. Pretty design that was well-executed.

Camp Sights: Daily Hot Takes Include Speedy Lucky & No Rest For D-Line - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
The four staff writers each give a quick recap of their impressions from practice. Eatman focuses on Alfred Morris.

Most players don’t admit to having much flaws in their game. But when Alfred Morris said he’s still trying to become a "complete" back, it showed a sense of humility and self-awareness that is rather uncommon from a two-time Pro Bowler. But Morris also said he expects to work on other aspects of his game and he’s getting the chance to do just that. Running with the first-team offense for the last week, Morris has been rather effective out of the backfield catching the ball. He’s also been more than a willing blocker. In the scrimmage, Morris had a couple of red-zone catches to extend the drive. The veteran back is looking quick and alert, more than taking advantage of his opportunity.

Cowboys Complete Successful Blue-White Scrimmage - David Watkins, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The Blue-White Scrimmage marks the halfway point of this year's Cowboys training camp in Oxnard. A packed house watched the Dallas Cowboys annual Blue-White scrimmage expecting to see fireworks. In truth, it was rather uneventful. Nobody was seriously injured, there wasn't a single fight but the scrimmage was competitive.


Player Postcard: Chaz Green's Inconsistency, Akunne's Chance To Start - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys

Many people keep wondering about how Chaz Green is coming along. Bryan Broaddus provides some insight as to what he has seen so far.

He gives you hope because he does flash the technique and ability you like to see from your tackles, but it's just not consistent enough. It's hard for him to put back-to-back snaps together where he is doing everything right. In the running game -- especially when at the point of attack -- there are problems with his head placement and his ability to drive through the defender. Green tends to catch his man more than he can over power anyone. When he plays this way, it allows the defender to get off the hook and work back into the play.

Why bringing LB Justin Durant back was great move by the Cowboys - Kristi Scales, SportsDay

The Cowboys gave themselves some insurance in case something happens to Sean Lee.

Question: The Cowboys defense is already pretty thin. They've been devastated by injuries in past camps. Who's the one guy who they absolutely can't lose to injury???

Scales: "Sean Lee is their best playmaker and lone Pro Bowl guy on that side of the ball. The signing of Justin Durant was a great move, in my opinion, because he can play all LB spots (and played the weakside mostly in 2014 when Lee was out), so Durant brings some depth at the position. But losing Lee would be losing a leader and a playmaker. Tyrone Crawford is also important and they cannot afford to lose him along the D-Line; that's why they will manage his sore back so carefully. And if you allow me to list one more player: DeMarcus Lawrence is already out the first 4 games with suspension; they need him the rest of the way, for sure, because he's their best pass rusher."

Brandon Carr Losing Sleep About Cowboys' Takeaway Problems In 2015 - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys defense hopes to take a drastic turn for the better when it comes to creating turnovers. What will be different this year? Well, an offense to help them out will be a plus, but for the Cowboys veteran cornerback, just being at camp will help him get his mind right.

For his part, Carr hopes that an uninterrupted camp can help him fine tune his technique and keep focused. He hasn’t always had good luck with that. In 2013, he departed camp briefly for the birth of his son, and in 2014 he had a lengthy absence after his mother passed away following a battle with cancer.

Last season, a broken hand limited him at training camp, while an ailing shoulder plagued him for most of the regular season.

Carr hopes a full camp will help give him what he needs this season.

"That’s the biggest thing -- to be able to focus for an entire camp, knock on wood," Carr said. "And it’s fun out here. You don’t want to be at home watching from television or sitting in a hospital bed. I’ve always been blessed to battle back from those, but hopefully I can stick around for the rest of this camp and we can get some great energy flowing for this season."

A Day in Training Camp Life of Cowboys FS Byron Jones - Steven Van Over, Cowboys Nation

Ever want to just follow a player around during training camp? Well, that’s exactly what YumaCactus did and now you get to reap the rewards.

We set up a poll and let Cowboys Nation make the decision. After Ezekiel Elliott went down with a hamstring injury Safety Byron Jones became the choice. So … without further ado (much anyhow) we give you the Byron Jones Training Camp Video via @YumaCactus. Enjoy. I sure as heck did!

If you want more good stuff from camp, @YumaCactus is a good follow on twitter and he’s got some nice footage on his YouTube channel.

Cowboys’ lack of pass rush becoming greater liability - Mac Engel, Star Telegram

The coaches may not be too worried about it, but it’s a huge concern for many fans.

The Cowboys ranked 28th in the NFL in sacks in 2014 with 28. With Hardy in ’15, they had 31 sacks and ranked 25th in sacks.

Now there is no one.

Rather than add a veteran such as Dwight Freeney, who signed with the Atlanta Falcons, the Cowboys are going with what they have in guys such as Wood, McAdoo, Coe, Okoye, Tapper, Thornton, Mayowa, Irving, Collins, McClain, Crawford and Russell.

Don’t worry if you don’t know their first names. Nobody does.

In fairness, we know their first names. And while many of these players are unknown to a lot of people, the Cowboys are hoping a few of them are worth remembering.

Broncos roster 2016: Shaneil Jenkins - Christopher Hart, Mile High Report

The Cowboys signed a defensive end on Sunday as they continue to look for ways to strengthen their depth. Who is he? Well, we check in with our partners over on at Mile High to get a little scouting report of him.

The Good: Great athleticism and quickness off the snap. Despite his smaller height, uses his arm length and technique to overpower and undermine opposing offensive lineman. Extraordinarily productive, racking up 100 tackles, 32 TFL and 27 sacks in 48 games for the Rams. Has the hunger, desire and drive to earn his keep in the NFL.

The Bad: Playing for Shepherd University and the immense learning curve from Division II football to the NFL is one of the only knocks you can find against him. He may be a bit undersized (just a hair under 6'3") for a defensive end, but he has the quickness of the snap and athleticism to make up for it.

Bryan Broaddus offers us a little something on Shaneil Jenkins.

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