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Dak Prescott’s preseason play ends Cowboys’ backup QB search

Dak Prescott
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It looks like the Dallas Cowboys have their insurance policy in case of injury to Tony Romo, and his name is Dak Prescott.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on Dallas-area radio station 105.3 The Fan that the team has finished searching for a backup quarterback after the rookie Prescott's performances this preseason.

Asked if the Cowboys had stopped looking for a veteran backup, Jones responded, "Yes. Unquestionably," according to the Dallas Morning News.

Prescott, a former Mississippi State quarterback who was selected by Dallas in the fourth round of April's NFL Draft, has performed well in each of his first two preseason games, one of which included a start in place of Romo who sat out to rest.

Prescott's numbers jump out at once:
* Prescott has completed 22 of his 27 passing attempts – a completion percentage of 81.5 percent
* He's thrown for four touchdowns with no interceptions
* He's also showcased the well-documented athleticism from his days in Starkville, rushing for 41 yards and two touchdowns

Prescott has been working as the Cowboys' primary backup ever since Kellen Moore broke his right fibula earlier this month. He's also taken first-team reps during practices when Romo sits out to rest after breaking his clavicle twice last season.

Not long after Moore's injury occurred it was reported that the Cowboys were interested in acquiring Nick Foles or Josh McCown to fill the role, but Foles ended up signing with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns were reluctant to trade McCown.

Prescott has clearly moved ahead of Jameill Showers in the chase to become Romo's primary backup, and he could be on his way toward establishing himself as a potential heir apparent to the 36-year-old starter. Romo has been the Cowboys' starting quarterback since the 2006 season.

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