The Dallas Cowboys start their 2014 NFL preseason on Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers. However, the Dallas Cowboys official website reported on Wednesday that Tony Romo will likely not play and new backup quarterback Brandon Weeden has gotten most of the team’s reps as starter in the practices leading up to the game. The site also said fans can expect to see a lot of Weeden in the Cowboys’ first preseason football game.
Heading into the offseason, it looked as if Dallas would head into 2014 with Tony Romo and the starting quarterback and Kyle Orton as his accomplished backup. However, Orton began to contemplate retirement and Dallas grabbed former Cleveland Browns’ first round draft pick Brandon Weeden as insurance. This proved to be a huge move because Orton never showed up and Weeden will be relied on to be the main backup in 2014.
Things could change though, and it might all come down to Weeden’s performance in preseason. Despite being a highly touted draft pick when Weeden left Oklahoma State, he never became the franchise quarterback that the Browns hoped for. Of course, before 2013, Cleveland never had an offense worth putting on the field so he never had real talent until 2014 when the team finally gave up on him early in the season.
With the Dallas Cowboys, Weeden is now throwing the ball to players like Dez Bryant, another former Oklahoma State alumn. While he won’t get much of a chance to play with Bryant in the preseason, he will get some solid targets in the preseason game with the San Diego Chargers and practicing with Bryant and Jason Witten will just make Weeden a better quarterback. Romo needs more time to recover from his surgery, so expect Weeden to play a lot this preseason.
The Dallas Cowboys open their preseason against the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The game kicks off at 9:00 p.m. CST and will air nationwide on the NFL Network and locally on CBS 11.