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Healthy Tony Romo to Back Up Dak Prescott, According to Jerry Jones

Sean Martin



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We finally have some closure on the Dallas Cowboys quarterback situation. Persevering for his eighth straight win on the road in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, Dak Prescott has essentially forced the Cowboys to stick with the hot hand - which they will now do.

Jerry Jones confirmed this following Dallas' latest win, while also providing some news on Tony Romo and his ongoing recovery process.

Brandon George on Twitter

Jerry Jones said Tony Romo will be active next week as the backup QB vs. the Ravens.

Romo was inactive this week once again, after appearing on the injury report throughout the week of practice as "limited" for the first time. Although he did not receive many full-team reps with this status, Romo will apparently be ready to back up Prescott at home against the Ravens in week 11.

With #9 active, the rookie Dak Prescott might just face his toughest challenge yet in this game, as he's now being pinned as the man that will determine the faith of the currently first-place 8-1 Cowboys. Looking over his shoulder, Romo will only play if Prescott struggles enough to warrant benching, which has not happened to date.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Personally, I'm told the situation has been difficult for Tony Romo. He's taken it hard. But he'll be a good team guy, be backup... and wait.

Sure, Prescott has had his struggles at times, but come crunch-time he always finds a way to rise to the occasion (sound like his now-backup at all?) - and that is how he made this quarterback decision a whole lot easier for Jerry Jones and his football team.


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Like it or not, there is no more "Team Romo" and "Team Dak". There is simply "Team Let's Go Win All The Football Games With Whatever Quarterback Gives Us The Best Chance To Do So".

Improbably, that is the eighth quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft - Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

Are you excited about Dak Prescott officialy being named the Cowboys starter? Have we seen the last of Tony Romo with America's Team? Let's talk about the hottest topic in the NFL! Leave a comment below to start the conversation, or email me at

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  • DJ

    Romo deserves to be a starter, but may be time for him to find a new home. Dak has Dallas on course

    • Sean Martin

      I agree on Romo, bu remember that he said he would not feel right playing (and potentially winning a Super Bowl) anywhere else. Thank you for reading, DJ.

  • Matt

    Romo is a far better QB. This is insanity.

    • Sean Martin

      Matt, I’ve been the biggest Romo fan out there throughout his career, and I suggest that you check out this in-depth study I did on him from 2015:

      In short, I agree with you that he is still the better option (by how much we can argue all day), but I just don’t know how you remotely entertain the idea of a QB switch right now. Just have to keep testing Dak, which they’ll do this week with Romo most likely looking over his shoulder for the first time on the active game day roster.

  • Bradley Lambert

    I agree Matt. Romo gives us the best chance. Jerry and Jason just don’t want the bad publicity since the entire media is in live with this kid. Not to mention the lack of loyalty for the guy who has carried this team is just wrong

    • Sean Martin

      Thank you for reading and responding, Bradley. I agree with this entirely, and think it just makes it that much more awe inspiring that Romo was able to do what he did yesterday in that address to the media.

  • John Williams

    As much as I love Tony Romo, hard to argue with Jerry and the coaching staff sticking with Dak. He’s done everything you could do in 9 games. They nearly won the opener in Dak and Zeke’s debut. Gotta give him a ton of credit for the work they’ve done.

    • Sean Martin

      Very true, John.

  • Phil Williford

    I can’t believe some of the Romo supporters, This man hasn’t done nothing to deserve his job back, so who are you fooling. I like Romo to but he is to fragile. When he got in the game last year he looked scared. I want healthy and youth right now. It’s over for Romo.

    • Sean Martin

      Done nothing to deserve his job back? Did you see this team in 2014, and then in 2015 without him? Just because 2016 has been different because of Dak (who I now support as the starter), it is not fair to use that as logic against Romo’s ability.

  • Phil Williford

    How do Romo give us the best chance and what have Dak did that wouldn’t give him the best chance!

    • Sean Martin

      Dak has given them all the chances to win, and he’s won. That’s not the problem. The issue has been that a large percentage of the fans (myself included) feel this team could be even better (not record-wise, but with the eye test) with Romo at quarterback. Now there’s obviously serious doubt that we’ll get to test this theory in 2016.

  • Dallas Fan

    I feel as bad as Tony ,yes Dak is on his way to break records and put rings on his fingers but tony carried this parcel miss fit young team for years . Deserve to show the world what he and his fully rounded team can due . His knowledge helped Dak threw the games also.Yes 12 years a go there was the hold for the kick then 2 years later the lost which I as a fan since 1970 felt bad for him not anger then the catch that was a catch teams ready to roll for 2 to 4 year hes ready also for a couple breaks my spirit almost left as fan Landry and Jimmy J days I feel they owe it to him for his hart and kids he won’t fail.

    • Sean Martin

      This is so spot on. Not only did Romo carry this team through some dark days, he gave up his body at times in doing so with all of these injures. Now, those injuries have taken their toll, right as the Cowboys are at their best under Romo. He addressed that yesterday, and you could see and feel how much this pained him. Not only did he have to take a backseat to this incredible team that he wishes he could go lead again, but he had to give up his soul – after already giving up his body for Dallas so many times.

      I love this QB.

  • Nathan Martin

    I like Romo but you all know know as well as I do if Romo had been playing we would be sitting at .500 or less he is not the same qb his arm strength is gone and the interceptions would be mounting up game by game!! Leave Dak in the future is now

    • Sean Martin

      Nathan, thank you for reading and responding. There is just no evidence to justify that Romo would not have this team exactly where Dak has them. With that, as you’ll see in my other replies (and on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ), I now support Prescott as the starter despite being the biggest Romo fan out there.

  • USMC- Bruce

    Cowboys fan since Bob Hayes! Listen, I have wanted Tony Romo traded for many years now.

    Reasons: 10 years and only 2 playoff wins, jump ball is not the way to play NFL Football, poor decision making, turning the ball over constantly, throwing interceptions always, no leadership, not spreading the ball around, fragile, was not focused 100% on football, (Golf, Chasing Hollywood,etc) Gunslinger mindset, etc, etc. Your Tony Romo loyalty is misplaced!

    • Sean Martin

      Bruce, I’m immensely sorry that you cannot appreciate how great Tony Romo has been and may continue to be. He is one of the greatest Dallas Cowboys of all time. Thank you so much for reading and replying to my article.

  • Matt

    Romo has not lost arm strenght, accuracy or velocity. Bruce says fan since Bob Hayes but he must’ve been watching the last ten years thru a purple haze. Romo is the greatest QB we’ve ever had, minus a ring. He is still better than Dak who struggles badly with accuracy, reads and deep balls. Love the kid and he is the future but thru all the hype and hysteria people are missing his poor throws and bad reads. He through balls to TWill, Dez and Brice that were under thrown and nearly picked. He nearly concussion Witten with a misplaced pass. Rom has not only earned his job, he’s done nothing to lose it. Who in their right mind thinks going with a less talented QB is the right move. Further more, why the hell would putting Romo in cause us to lose. He is still better, we would be killing people instead on winning by 7 or 10. They are still stacking the box on Zeke. Can you imagine Romo in and the D has to back off? Zeke would go off for 200 and Romo 4 or t TDs, which he’s done even before getting our best back since Emmitt.

  • Matt

    Romo is tough as hell, has played through broken ribs, punctured lung, herniated disk and rushed back too soon from a broken collarbone to bail out this sorry team last year. We finally have the best team we’ve had in decades and the team Romo deserves in his closing window after shedding more blood and broken bones than anyone for this team. He receives a spit in the face from the Jonses who are distracted by the shiny objects of winning. Dak seems like a great kid. Seems poised and has played unbelievable for a rookie and pretty well for even a vet. But none of what he’s done would be anything new or unusual for Romo, who’s already proven he’s a great guy, proven his poise and proven his clutch ability. There is absolutely no reason to believe not only he would’ve had us winning all of these games but would have us winning right now. It is asinine to think putting Romo on the field right now would hurt the team in any way. All he’s done is lead and win. Getting the chance to lead the best team he’s ever had? Pretty sure wed win, and win big. And yes, he’s earned the right to be the guy that leads us to the Super Bowl.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin



Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

Jess Haynie



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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

Sean Martin



Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster? 2
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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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