Trey Lance watched Sunday night as the team that drafted him handed new quarterback Dak Prescott a prime-time defeat at Levi’s Stadium. But after being traded from his third-string position with the 49ers to a new opportunity with the Cowboys, Lance’s place on Dallas’ depth chart appears similarly fixed for the foreseeable future.
Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones explained that In a radio interview With 103.5 The Fan on Monday, less than 24 hours after San Francisco’s 42-10 win over Dallas on “Sunday Night Football,” meaning there’s no more of a rush to get Lance on offense than there already is.
“No, those things will evolve over time,” Jones said when asked if Lance would take first-team practice reps to learn the Cowboys’ offense better. “I know [Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy] And [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer]We all have a plan for him. Right now, the most important thing for the Dallas Cowboys is winning football games. Certainly we are focusing on that.
“We definitely understood when we brought Trey here what it would be like, after our starting quarterback was established in Dak Prescott, to have a good, strong backup in Cooper.” [Rush], and he knew he would get most, if not all, of his representatives on the scout team. But the most important thing is learning week after week in the boardroom, getting our hands dirty and accepting our attack.”
It was clear when the 49ers sent Lance to the Cowboys that the third-year signal caller would be third on the depth chart in Dallas as well. But Prescott has been a polarizing figure in the Lone Star State for some time, where injuries and playoff failures offered Lance much more hope of eventually getting a shot than in the Bay where Brock Purdy played the spotlight.
Prescott’s performance in Sunday’s game did little to quell his critics, as he was picked off three times, posting a 51.6 passer rating and 58.3 completion percentage in the loss. Rush entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed two pass attempts for eight yards.
Lance’s path back to his starting role remains unclear, but for now, all the former No. 3 overall pick can do is watch, learn and wait for his turn while running the scout team.
“I think he’s doing a great job for us,” Jones said. “I think he’s definitely taking his new opportunity here. Obviously when you get a guy that can’t make any of training camp or the offseason, and you have an established quarterback in Dak Prescott and a solid backup in Cooper Rush, you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities other than… Field work with the scout team, then working hard in the meeting room and learning the offense.
“And that’s exactly what he did, so we feel good about Trey and what he’s doing with us. I know he’s going to continue to grow.”
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