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2019 OTAs: Jon Kitna views Cowboys QB2 position as up-for-grabs

Cowboys Wire logo Cowboys Wire 5/25/2019 Zeke Barrera
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For the past two seasons, 2017 UDFA Cooper Rush has primarily served as the Cowboys' backup quarterback. Although his services been hardly been called upon, Dallas does have two years invested in the former four-year Central Michigan starter.

But that's not standing in the way of Mike White's claim to QB2, as Cowboys QB coach Jon Kitna is apparently judging the competition for the backup QB position on " a clean slate".

"I watched every snap he had in the preseason," Kitna said of White. "The same with Coop the last couple of years. That's just what we look at. For me, it's more of a clean slate. I just want to come in and help those guys and help them progress in their careers. If you get the best out of them, that's going to be good for us at an organization."

Dallas hasn't needed anyone other than Dak Prescott under center since 2016, but the position is still extremely important, as evidenced by the later-half Tony Romo era. Yet the Cowboys still feel comfortable with two quarterbacks who are essentially complete unknowns at the NFL level.

Rush has just three pass attempts, all coming in 2017, amounting to one completion and two yards. That consists of the entirety of the QB production on Dallas's depth chart behind Prescott. While the lack of experience may seem like a red flag, ideally the consistency and time spent within the offense will allow either Rush or White to proficiently run the team if need be.

The race for the backup quarterback spot may seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but this competition and development is still very crucial for both Cooper and White. The time spent learning under a vaunted QB whisperer like Kitna is just as valuable to them as it is for Prescott.

Whether either of them are able to flash when pressed into action or put enough traits on tape in the preseason to spark another team's interest down the line, the time is now for Cooper and White to both go after and earn the coveted spot on the depth chart. Said Kitna:

"Right now, we're just trying to be as good as we can be. We'll figure out depth chart stuff later . . . they're out here competing and be the best quarterback they can be . . . Honestly, in my mind, I'm not looking at who the backup is right now. Just how I can get them better and help them in their journey as quarterbacks in the NFL."

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