The Dallas Cowboys lost to the San Diego Chargers in the team’s first 2014 preseason NFL game by a score of 27-7. Despite the blowout and complete lack of offensive production by the Cowboys, head coach Jason Garrett came out of the game preaching positives. According to ESPN on Friday, Garrett said that he really liked new backup quarterback Brandon Weeden’s performance in the game.
Weeden finished the game with a stat line of 13 completions in 17 attempts for 107 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was to tight end James Hanna in the second quarter. There was also an interception that was called back by a penalty, leaving his stat line flawless of turnovers. Garrett said that Weeden looked poised when he brought the Cowboys out to run his drives.
Caleb Hanie was the second Dallas quarterback to enter the game and completed two of four passes for 17 yards. Dustin Vaughan finished the game for Dallas and completed seven of 14 passes for 80 yards. None of the Dallas quarterbacks threw an interception in the game, but Weeden looked the best with a stellar 111.6 quarterback rating.
With that said, the battle for the backup quarterback position is Brandon Weeden’s to lose. There was one other high round draft pick trying to earn a job in Dallas. Running back Ryan Williams is competing with holdover Joseph Randle for the third running back spot on the team. Both DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar sat out to watch and Randle outrushed Williams 50 yards to 29 but Williams added 31 yards on five receptions as well.
As for the Dallas Cowboys new backup quarterback, Brandon Weeden looked sharp in his first game away from the black hole that is the Cleveland Browns’ offense. He had the chance to play with Dallas’ regular receivers in Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris and seems confident and accurate with his throws. While the Dallas Cowboys may miss Kyle Orton, they may have a competent replacement in Brandon Weeden.