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Mike McCarthy updates: Doug Nussmeier to call offense on Sunday, status of La’el Collins

The Cowboys head coach took to the podium on Saturday.

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The Dallas Cowboys are just one day away from their final preseason game of the year, a Sunday contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it is safe to say that things will look a bit different from normal during the exhibition.

For starters, well, the starters won’t be playing. This is the final preseason game so it will be mostly reserves throughout the game on both sides. There may or may not be a few notable things that we see in the game and Mike McCarthy gave a preview of some when he spoke to the media on Saturday.

Doug Nussmeier will call the offense against Jacksonville

Last week saw defensive coordinator Dan Quinn unable to stay for the Cowboys game against the Houston Texans when he left AT&T Stadium out of an abundance of caution with regards to COVID-19 protocols.

Joe Whitt Jr. wound up calling the defense for the Cowboys and did a fine job doing it. With Quinn still in the protocol, Whitt Jr. will once again call the defense, but interestingly enough quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier will call plays for the offense against Jacksonville.

This is pretty smart (not necessarily ingenious) of the Cowboys. It allows Kellen Moore to focus on the task at hand and also allows for Doug Nussmeier to see what calling an offense in an NFL game is like. If for any reason Kellen Moore can’t call a game in the regular season, like for COVID protocols, Nussmeier will have experience to step in.

La’el Collins is dealing with a stinger for the second time

Friday tore at some scars for Cowboys fans as right tackle La’el Collins left practice with what was reported to be a stinger. Mike McCarthy confirmed that this is what Collins is dealing with at the moment.

There isn’t exactly reason to panic here, but as we discussed on Friday the lack of depth for the Cowboys, really the lack of a promising swing tackle, makes this feel a tad bit concerning.

Collins missed the entire season last year which really inhibited what the Cowboys were able to do offensively. His return is one that we have all been looking forward to, hopefully this is something that doesn’t linger throughout the year.

It looks like Cooper Rush will start at quarterback

Early this week Mike McCarthy announced that Cooper Rush would take first-team reps for the Cowboys during practice. He was vague about whether or not that meant that Rush would start for the team against Jacksonville, but it looks like he will be the first one to get an opportunity.

Rush seemingly has the inside track towards the QB2 job, but he took the lead in that race just one week ago. This is an extremely important position for the Cowboys - last year certainly highlighted that - and the fact that there isn’t an established answer is certainly frustrating.

The Cowboys are reportedly going to sit about 30 players in total for the game.

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