Jerry Jones has Dak Prescott fever after strong debut

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is currently putting the search for a veteran backup quarterback on hold following Dak Prescott's performance in the team's preseason opener Saturday.

"He is a long way from Canton, a long way from Canton," Jones said Monday via The Star-Telegram. "But it was certainly a great start. It was just good to see the coaching staff and everybody get behind the promise of what he might be able to be as a player. Certainly the way he and (Jameill) Showers played, I wouldn't consider a backup quarterback situation at all. I wouldn't want to, by any way, deter the progress and the excitement that he can bring to the building of the team and the future."

For those who missed it, Prescott was brilliant during his debut, connecting on 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. At least for one day, Prescott outplayed the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and lent credence to the small circle of draft analysts who insisted that the former Mississippi State star was more pro-ready than expected.

It was also just one game.

While Jones did show restraint in his praise, he's clearly smitten with his new weapon. Last year, the backup quarterback situation in Dallas was agonizing, and Jones admitted that he got too cute putting his roster together. Is Prescott good enough to actually win games for the Cowboys in Tony Romo's absence? At the least, Jones is giving himself the chance to wait out the rest of the NFL. Roster cut down day will shake loose a few decent quarterbacks that wouldn't cost the Cowboys owner a draft pick via trade.

The best part of being a Cowboys fan has to be the chance to ride along with Jones' highs and lows. There are few owners more invested and committed in building a winning team and few who are more emotionally affected by each incremental bump or valley.

At the moment, Jones has the best backup in town and life is good. All eyes will be on Prescott on Friday when he makes his AT&T Stadium debut against the Miami Dolphins.

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