FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) – Somebody in the media mob that surrounded Mark Sanchez on Monday after his first practice with the Dallas Cowboys asked how successfully the journeyman QB is gobbling up his new playbook.
“Give me a few minutes,” Sanchez joked. “I’ve got a long way to go.“
Unfortunately for Dallas, The days, hours and minutes are ticking down towards Sunday’s season-opening visit from the Giants … and the QB-related issues understandably dominate the way the organization’s time is being spent.
*Management is still gauging what to do with Tony Romo and his aching back, planning on more medical testing to determine whether he should go on the eight-week IR list or remain on the active roster.
*The coaching staff must focus on the readiness of rookie Dak Prescott, who a month ago was viewed by the team as a raw prospect but now might be viewed by New York as raw meat.
“Just keep chipping away, keep studying,” said the newcomer, once upon a time the fifth pick in his entire NFL draft but now on his fourth team in four years. “I’m thankful a guy like (injured backup) Kellen Moore has been a great resource for me. Dak has been great, and I’m sure Tony will be awesome, too.”
Sanchez had playoff success early in his career with the Jets, but most recently this summer lost the starting job — and a roster spot — in Denver. Dallas moved quickly to give him a one-year, $2.5 million deal to help buoy a position that may determine whether the Cowboys can be a winner in 2016.
“This is a group that’s been there, knows how to win and has created and cultivated a winning atmosphere,’’ Sanchez said as he nodded toward the facilities at The Star in Frisco. “To be a part of that. … I know that’s really important.”
In the NFL, quarterback is “really important,’’ too. The Cowboys have a matter of days, hours and minutes to figure it out.
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