Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: Need more time to determine backup quarterback



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Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: Need more time to determine backup quarterback

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will take more time before he makes a call on who will be No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott. On Saturday, Garrett Gilbert started his third preseason game but played just two series before being replaced by Cooper Rush.

Rush put up a solid performance as be went 10-of-12 for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against the Houston Texans. "Well, we have one more week and we're going to need it," coach McCarthy said when asked if the Cowboys know whether Gilbert or Rush will be Prescott's No.

2, per ESPN. Also, McCarthy provided a positive update on Prescott, who has been dealing with a latissimus strain since July 28. "Had a chance to watch it and I thought he looked good, and the most important thing is how he feels afterwards," McCarthy said.

"I thought he had another good day and the opportunity of going back to back is important. Still continue to build up on the volume of throws." Rush noted that he will do everything he can to quarterback No. 2 for the Cowboys.

"It's always an uphill battle," Rush said. "You're competing every game. You're always hanging on. You're always trying to get a roster spot, get the two spot. That's kind of the mentality for every guy in here and me especially.

Just try to get in there, get your reps and capitalize on those reps in games or practices and always out here just trying to make the team."

McCarthy doesn't want to risk anything with Prescott

Prescott is hoping to be ready for Week 1 but there is no guarantee that he will be able to suit up in Cowboys' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A few days ago, McCarthy suggested Prescott would sit out the entire preseason. "At the end of the day, I trust the practice process," McCarthy said. "The tempo of how we practice, the cadence variations and the emphasis of the game situations, I feel really good about what we're able to get done in this environment as opposed to relying on preseason games.

I've always felt the preseason games were primarily for the development of your young players. I do know this is our first year going through training camp. "I think ideally if everybody was healthy and everything went smooth we may have gone to a more traditional [routine], play 10, 15 plays in the first game, played a quarter in the second game, played the first half in the third game. Those things were all discussed, but camp doesn't always go the way you'd like it to go."