Stephen Jones On Signing A Veteran Backup QB: "I Never Rule Out Anything"

Josh Clark
August 31, 2018 - 5:05 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys COO Stephen Jones isn't opposed to adding a veteran quarterback behind Dak Prescott. 

With the NFL's cut deadline nearing on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., Jones joined The Ben and Skin Show and discussed how they were preparing to get down to a 53-man roster.

Jones said they already decided to cut 20 of their 90 players as they attempt to navigate their way to 53, and will make further decisions on Saturday. That does include players on other teams. 

"We feel good about where we're headed. We obviously got work to do on the personnel front and we certainly want to improve our football team. This is certainly the time of year when you can do it. When everyone makes their final cuts, there's nuggets out there that you can find. We're just looking to get better."

One of the ways the team can get better many have said is at the backup quarterback position. Second-year player Cooper Rush and rookie Mike White have struggled behind backup offensive lines in their time on the field this preseason. Despite that, Jerry and Stephen have been adamant that they felt comfortable with the quarterbacks they had behind Prescott. However, after another poor performance by Rush on Thursday against the Texans, Stephen Jones says the Cowboys would consider bringing in a veteran if it helped the team get better. 

"I never rule out anything. We're always going to evaluate any player that might come available to us," Jones said. "I know Cooper had a tough couple of games here compared to what he was like last year. But, a lot of those things can be timing, who you're playing with, and against. I know last week he was playing against Arizona's No. 1's and we were basically playing with our No. 2's. I see the reason why there would be questions with these last couple games he's played in, but if you look at his full body of work, we like him. But, we don't ever rule out improving. And, we like our situation with Mike White, being that we have a fifth-round draft pick invested in him, and we like a lot of the things we've seen. He's got some developing to do, but we feel good overall that we have some young guys we can continue to improve with."