For Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Saturday’s preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers means little.
He might play and he might not. He took only 10 snaps in the first preseason game in 2018 against the Niners. Maybe you remember the 30-yard touchdown pass to Michael Gallup. Maybe you don’t.
“That’s their season,” quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna said. “I never understood the backup quarterback that went in and played slow and used the whole play clock and that stuff. I was trying to get as many plays as possible. Let’s go faster, faster, faster, faster, faster. The linemen didn’t like you for a minute, but then they ended up liking you because the other guys got tired. I think it’s important to get as many quality reps as you can in the preseason because those are real and it’s hard to get real reps in this league. It’s going to be really important for them and their development. And their competition.”
The Cowboys’ 53-man roster, although relatively young, is largely set. None of the starting and key contributor positions seem up for grabs.
Backup quarterback is different.
Ask people throughout the Cowboys organization if the backup to Prescott for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the New York Giants is on the roster, and you get mostly the same answer: Maybe.
If Rush or White can perform well this preseason, then they can answer one of the only looming questions out of training camp. If they don’t, then you have to wonder if the Cowboys would enter a season with such high expectations with such great inexperience at the game’s most important position.china nike nfl jerseys cheap
“You just want to see how they handle themselves, really at every position but particularly that position. Meetings, walk-through, practice. All that stuff matters,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Certainly physical ability matters, but at that position, so much of it’s about decision-making, your impact on other people. When you go in the game, does the ball move? Do you score points? That matters. … Those guys will get plenty of reps over the course of the preseason.”
What they might not get is a lot of reps in the regular season. Prescott, 26, has not missed a game since taking over as the starter in 2016. He has played 3,140 of 3,207 offensive snaps, including 99.4% of the snaps last season.