NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Prescott, Redskins

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to downplay the team’s desire to sign or trade for a backup quarterback. On Sunday, Jones spoke highly of fourth-round pick Dak Prescott and second-year QB Jameill Showers.

I’m more encouraged after this about holding our pat hand on a veteran than before this,” Jones told Clarence E. Hill Jr. of The Star-Telegram. “As we go along and if we continue to see this kind of improvement and this kind of instinctive play, I can really get comfortable back there. Both of those guys played well. It was what you wanted to see. They looked comfortable and they reacted well when you got a little pressure. It was a good outing. It was good for everyone to see. To me that was one of the pluses.”

Jones isn’t the only one who thinks that Prescott could handle the pace of the NFL this year. Recently, scouting guru Dave-Te Thomas profiled Prescott and other members of the Cowboys’ rookie class for PFR.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Undrafted rookie Andy Jones is making a strong bid to make the Cowboys‘ 53-man roster, Drew Davison of the Star Telegram writes. Both owner Jerry Jones and VP Stephen Jones have sung the praises of the FCS wide receiver. “He’s had a great camp,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s one of those that you look at in a uniform and go, ‘Wow,’ that’s pretty good. Then he goes and plays and it’s still really good. He’s certainly making a big effort here and I think he has a real chance to compete for a spot on this team. Recently, Devin Street suffered a back injury and Jones seems to be making the most of the opportunity. The Cowboys obviously think highly of Jones as they gave him the highest signing bonus ($15K) of any of their UDFAs this year.
  • Redskins coach Jay Gruden says Trent Murphy will focus more on the outside linebacker position than defensive end thanks to the Junior Galette injury (Twitter link via John Keim of With Murphy at outside linebacker, the Redskins ostensibly will not be scouring the market for reinforcements at OLB. Meanwhile, Murphy will have to keep his weight down since he’ll be playing more at OLB than defensive end. For a more detailed look at the Redskins’ depth chart with Murphy at OLB, check out their page on Roster Resource.
  • The Eagles are discussing a deal with free agent linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Tulloch’s 108 tackles led the way for Detroit last season.
  • Last week, the Giants added one of the biggest names left on the free agent market when they signed cornerback Leon Hall.
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