Six days after dropping their preseason opener, the Dallas Cowboys will once again go for their first win of 2016. America’s Team plays its first home game of the year when they host the New York Jets in Week 2 of the preseason on Friday night.
Perhaps most notably, Tony Romo will make his 2016 debut on Friday. The quarterback didn’t play last week, and it’ll be his first game since Thanksgiving of last year. Romo missed two months after breaking his collarbone in Week 2 of the 2015 regular season. In his second game back, he re-injured his collarbone and was knocked out for the rest of the year.
Without Romo starting, Dallas still managed to get off to a fast start. Though the team eventually lost 28-24 to the Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys took a 24-7 lead into halftime, in large part due to Romo’s replacement. Dak Prescott was arguably the most impressive rookie of the preseason’s first week, completing 10 of his 12 pass attempts for 139 yards, tossing two touchdowns and no interceptions for a near-perfect passer rating.
One of college football’s best quarterbacks in his last two years as Mississippi State’s starter, Prescott was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by Dallas. Kellen Moore broke his ankle two weeks ago, leaving the door open for the rookie to earn the No.2 role. Prescott could take another step in securing the role with a strong performance on Friday.
The Cowboys' other signal caller, Jameill Showers, wasn’t nearly as impressive against L.A., completing half of his passes for 99 yards and no scores. Considering Romo hasn’t played all 16 games since 2012, Dallas’ backup quarterback has a good chance to get a start at some point in the 2016 regular season.
The NFL will likely have to wait at least one more week to see the leading candidate for NFL offensive Rookie of the Year to take the field in a game. Running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to sit after recently returning from a hamstring issue.
The Dolphins had one of the best preseason openers, beating the New York Giants on the road, 27-10. Ryan Tannehill did get the start and throw four passes, but it was backup Matt Moore that did most of the damage for Miami, completing 10 passes for 112 yards and a score.
Miami’s most impressive performer was Jakeem Grant, who caught four passes for 68 yards. Grant was a sixth-round draft pick for the Dolphins, who are looking for as much offensive help as they can get after ranking 26th in total offense a year ago.
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NFL Network
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