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Cowboys coach: Romo 'light years ahead' of last year

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One summer ago, Tony Romo was still healing from his second back operation in just eight months.

One summer later, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is coming off a training camp that saw him take a full helping of snaps for the first time in two offseasons.

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The extra work led Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson to say of Romo: "I think he's light years ahead."

"I never anticipated him to do all of the OTAs and the offseason stuff," Wilson said, per The Dallas Morning News. "But he was so into it mentally and emotionally and got himself back physically to do that, and so that benefitted him. I think he is managing himself extremely well."

Wilson's comments came right after Saturday's 28-14 preseason loss to the Vikings, which saw Romo hit on 5-of-8 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

Romo looked like the veteran signal-caller who dominated games last season, but showing more arm strength off the healthy back.

"I am able to drive the ball and finish and explode," Romo said. "That's a great sign compared to last year."

With Dallas set to battle a pair of NFL East foes out of the gate in the Giants and Eagles, Romo will need a repeat of last season's heroics for the Cowboys to have a chance at the division.

Inside the team, there appears to be no doubts, with Wilson saying: "I think he's ready."

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