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Jerry Jones addresses whether Cowboys will have QB controversy

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones made headlines recently when he said he hoped to see Cooper Rush play well enough to create a quarterback controversy with the Dallas Cowboys. The team has now gone 3-0 with Rush, but that does not mean Dak Prescott is in any danger of losing his job.

During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones was asked if there is a scenario where the Cowboys could stick with Rush even after Prescott is cleared to return from his thumb injury. Jones shut it down.

Prescott suffered a fractured thumb in Week 1 and underwent surgery. His initial timeline for recovery was 6-8 weeks, but Jones has repeatedly expressed optimism that Dak would be back sooner. Prescott reportedly had his stitches removed last week and resumed throwing, but Jones said on Tuesday that the QB still cannot grip the ball well enough to play.

All signs point to Rush starting at least one more game for the Cowboys. If he does, it will be his toughest challenge to date. Dallas is traveling to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 5.

Rush has thrown for 737 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in three-plus games since Prescott hurt his thumb. The 28-year-old veteran has avoided making big mistakes, which is why the Cowboys are 3-1 and in a position where Prescott does not need to feel pressure to return before he is 100 percent healthy. Jones is obviously happy about that, but he knows the team is better off long-term with Prescott under center.

Jerry Jones says 1 question remains with Dak Prescott recovery

Dak Prescott throws a pass in warmups

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones has been consistently optimistic about Dak Prescott returning from his thumb injury sooner than expected, but the Dallas Cowboys owner says there is one main factor that will determine when Prescott is back.

Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that Prescott has made “amazing” progress with his recovery from thumb surgery. He expects the quarterback to be able to play in the next week or two, though it is hard to predict exactly when Prescott will be able to grip and throw the ball.

That seems like a pretty significant variable. While Prescott obviously feels great and has hit all his benchmarks, the Cowboys clearly will not have the full picture until he tries to grip and throw. Fortunately for them, they have won both of their games that Cooper Rush started.

Jones previously said he is rooting for Rush to play well enough to create a quarterback controversy. He had extremely high praise for Rush again on Tuesday.

Prescott is not going to lose his job to Rush. What could happen, though, is the Cowboys deciding to be extra cautious with Prescott given that Rush is finding ways to help them win games. You can’t ask for a better situation than that with an injured starter.

Jerry Jones defends Cowboys’ decision to trade Amari Cooper

Jerry Jones in sunglasses

Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have come under increased scrutiny as wide receiver Amari Cooper has found major success with the Cleveland Browns. Dallas shipped him to Cleveland during the offseason for a 5th-round pick, and questions are being raised over whether the Cowboys gave the wide receiver away too easily.

Jones responded to that talk on Friday, one day after Cooper caught his second touchdown in as many weeks for the Browns. Jones argued that the Cowboys could better allocate Cooper’s salary elsewhere, and that they had to make the deal.

Jones definitely has a point here. Wide receiver is a position of strength for Dallas, and Cooper was due to make $20 million for the Cowboys this season. Of course, there is an argument about whether the Cowboys actually wound up making better use of the money they freed up by trading Cooper for a very small return.

Optics matter to a certain degree, and the Cooper deal did not necessarily go over well in the Dallas locker room, even if the reasons were sound. The better Cooper performs with Cleveland, the more that feeling will grow.

Jerry Jones rooting for Cowboys QB controversy

Jerry Jones takes off his sunglasses

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a “minor” car accident.
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The Dallas Cowboys do not have a quarterback controversy, at least not right now. Owner Jerry Jones, however, would love it if there was one.

On Thursday, Jones admitted he would love it if backup quarterback Cooper Rush played well enough in Dak Prescott’s absence to actually prove himself as an option even when Prescott is healthy.

“Of course I would. That means we won. If he comes in there and plays as well as Prescott played … I’d walk to New York to get that,” Jones said.

The reality is that there is probably nothing Rush can do to keep the job once Prescott returns from his injury. Dallas has invested heavily in Prescott, and there is no dispute that he is the starter. Still, Jones wants to win, and if Rush is winning, he’s probably performing well enough.

Prescott could be back much more quickly than initially anticipated. That could make Jones’ hopes moot pretty rapidly.

Jerry Jones issues challenge to CeeDee Lamb

CeeDee Lamb celebrates a catch

Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) makes the catch and runs the ball for the game winning touchdown in overtime at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

We are only one week into the 2022 NFL season, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already issued a challenge to one of his best players.

CeeDee Lamb had a quiet season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, which has led to questions about whether he can operate as the clear-cut No. 1 option in the Cowboys’ passing game. Jones shared his thoughts on that during a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan. He spoke about how Lamb needs to fight through double-teams and make plays while covered.

Lamb had just two catches for 29 yards in Week 1. He was targeted 11 times. It obviously was not Lamb’s best effort, but Cowboys struggled as a whole offensively in their 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

While it is tough to draw conclusions after just one week, skeptics will say Lamb is better suited as a No. 2 receiver. He caught 74 passes for 935 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie two years ago. The former Oklahoma star improved across the board with 79 catches, 1,102 yards and six scores last year. A lot of that production came when opposing defenses were keying in on Amari Cooper, who was traded to the Cleveland Browns this offseason.

Lamb has plenty of time to prove he is capable of fighting through tight coverage, but things will not get easier now that Dak Prescott is out with a thumb injury. The Cowboys’ new offensive approach may limit Lamb’s opportunities for the next several weeks.

Jerry Jones shares surprising update on Dak Prescott

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott underwent surgery this week after he suffered a fractured thumb, but team owner Jerry Jones is expecting him back a lot sooner than initially reported.

Jones said during his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan that the Cowboys will not place Prescott on injured reserve. If they did, Prescott would not be eligible to play the next four games. Jones says Prescott has a realistic chance of returning before that.

Jones has a history of being overly optimistic when it comes to injuries, but in this case he must not be the only one who feels that way. If he were, the Cowboys would place Prescott on injured reserve and free up a roster spot for at least the next month.

A report on Monday claimed Prescott would miss 6-8 weeks. It would make more sense for the Cowboys to rush Prescott back late in the season, but they must be expecting a very quick recovery.

Prescott suffered the thumb injury when Bucs linebacker Shaq Barrett hit Prescott’s hand as the quarterback was throwing a pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s 19-3 loss. He initially stayed in the game but struggled to get zip on his throws. His hand was then hit again on the same drive and he exited the game.

Cooper Rush is expected to start for the Cowboys in Week 2. There has been talk of them trading for a veteran quarterback, but there will be no need for that if they truly expect Prescott to return by Week 5.

Jerry Jones expecting another Cowboys playoff berth

Jerry Jones in sunglasses

Sep 19, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones already has playoff plans for his Dallas Cowboys this season.

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith got hurt in practice on Wednesday and could be out for the season. Jones spoke about the situation on ESPN’s “First take” Thursday and said that the team could get Smith back at the right time — playoff time.

“It’s a setback. …We’ll have him at the right time. We’ll have him in that San Francisco [playoff] game, or the equivalent of it that we had last year,” Jones said.

The team’s chances of making the playoffs are worse if Smith won’t be able to play most of the season. That’s not stopping Jones from having confidence though.

The Cowboys went 12-5 last season and hosted San Francisco in the wild card round of the playoffs. They lost that game to the 49ers, who went on to beat Green Bay in the divisional round before losing to the Rams in the conference championship.

Dallas has not made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2006-2007.

Jerry Jones responds to Antonio Brown’s message for him

Jerry Jones takes off his sunglasses

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a “minor” car accident.
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Jerry Jones heard the noise that Antonio Brown was making.

TMZ Sports spoke this week with the Dallas Cowboys owner Jones, who offered a response to the message that Antonio Brown had for him.

The notorious former NFL receiver Brown mentioned Jones by name in a recent interview, saying that Jones and the Cowboys should give him a call.

“We’re good,” said Jones in response this week. “We wanna give these young guys a real chance to make this team.”

Brown probably felt that the Cowboys could use a helping hand following their trade of Amari Cooper, the continued recovery of Michael Gallup, and the recent injury suffered by new signee James Washington. But in addition to Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb, Jones seems to have faith in Dallas’ first-year receivers like Jalen Tolbert, Dennis Houston, and KaVontae Turpin.

Of course, Brown is known for just saying anything these days, so his interest in the Cowboys may not have even been legitimate. He is also not helping his cause by continuing to light bridges on fire with his prior team.

Antonio Brown has message for Jerry Jones

Antonio Brown with a smile

Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown is offering more sunshine and rainbows this week.

The notorious former NFL star spoke recently with TMZ Sports and shared a message for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, whose team has recently run into some trouble at the wide receiver position.

“Tell Jerry Jones to call me,” said the seven-time Pro Bowler Brown.

Outside of CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys are down to skin and bones at the wideout spot. Amari Cooper was traded to the Cleveland Browns, Michael Gallup continues to recover from an ACL injury, and Dallas’ top receiver addition of the offseason just suffered a big injury of his own.

Of course, the Cowboys probably have a greater chance of signing former California governor Jerry Brown (who is 84 years old and has never played professional football) than they do of signing Antonio Brown at this point. AB’s NFL career is all but toast, which even he seemed to acknowledge in a bizarre social media post this week. Perhaps Jones and the Cowboys will be calling on AB to provide a different service instead.

Jerry Jones addresses when Jimmy Johnson will go into Ring of Honor

Jerry Jones takes off his sunglasses

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was taken to the hospital in a precautionary measure after he was involved in a “minor” car accident.
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Jerry Jones pledged to finally induct Jimmy Johnson into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor last year, but no further plans have been announced on that front. Jones does not appear to be in any hurry to make that announcement, either.

Jones was asked by Newy Scruggs of NBCDFW when Johnson would be honored by the Cowboys, and Jones’ response was not exactly diplomatic.

“It’s BS for anybody to be making anything (of that),” Jones said, as transcribed by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “I’ve said I’m going to put him in. Now, when I put him in, and the circumstances and what I do with that, there’s a lot more than Jimmy to think about here, and I’ve got a lot of other lives out here that have laid a lot on the line on the field that need to be in that Ring of Honor as well. And so how I do that, what I do it with, I get to make that decision, and it isn’t at the end of the day all tailored around whether Jimmy is sniveling or not.

“I’ll be very sensitive and be very appreciative of what Jimmy is, but it’s too much to say, ‘Well, that is the thing that gets up and goes to bed at night when we think about the Ring of Honor’ as to Jerry and Jimmy’s relationship. Jerry and Jimmy were two of the luckiest guys that’s ever been on this earth to get to be sitting here having this talked about if you want to know the truth about it.”

Johnson coached the Cowboys to back-to-back championships in the early 1990s, but he and Jones fell out after that. The two have been at odds since, and Johnson has been omitted from the Ring of Honor since. That seemed to change last summer, when Jones finally relented on his stance.

Johnson has made clear, however, that nothing more has come of this since then. Based on Jones’ quotes here, it hardly seems imminent at this point, and there still seems to be significant tension in that relationship.