FRISCO, Texas -- The Cowboys are saying all the right things publicly about rookie sensation quarterback Dak Prescott.
While they are putting away the anointing oils and doing their best to tap the brakes, there is no stopping the Prescott bandwagon after near perfect performances in the first two preseason games.
In two games, the fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State is 22 of 27 passing for 338 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
He also has two rushing touchdowns and has led the offense to scores every time he's been on the field.
Prescott will be the team's primary backup to Tony Romo to start the season. They will not trade for a veteran, no matter what the Cowboys are saying right now.
What more could they want to see from Prescott to make the decision official?
"That's hard to say," Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said. "It's preseason. It speaks for itself. So far he's done a really nice job leading the team. I think he is being productive. His production speaks for itself.
"It's still preseason. We will have to continue to evaluate his progress. It's the full body of work. Not just two preseason games. Minicamps. It's the practices. It's everything."
There is no way the Cowboys are going to trade for the likes of Josh McCown, giving up a draft pick for a one-year rental, while taking snaps away from Prescott, who has made the transition from college to the NFL look easy.
"I don't think 'easy' is the word," Prescott said. "It's the work I put in through the week. I've got great veterans, great coaches and that puts me in a great position to be successful on the field. I'm thankful for that, but a lot of hard work goes in for that."
The work Prescott has done to date hasn't gone unnoticed. His teammates are among his biggest cheerleaders.
"Rookie is a name, just a name that they give you in the league," receiver Dez Bryant said. "Either you can do it or you can't. The guy is a student. Give it to him. You've got to give it to him. He wants to learn. He wants to be good. He's sitting behind a Hall of Famer. Give him his credit."
And give him the backup job.
--Left tackle Chaz Green will get another start in place of the injured Tyron Smith (stinger). This time he will go up against the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defensive line on. Green is trying to stick as the swing tackle. He has had some up-and-down performances the first two weeks of the preseason and throughout training camp. Quarterback Tony Romo will likely play the entire first half and Green will be asked to protect his blindside. There is no better and more important opportunity for Green's readiness than against the Seahawks.
--Running back Alfred Morris is proving he is not done after not being re-signed by the Washington Redskins and joining the Cowboys in off season. He had 85 yards on 13 carries against the Dolphins last Friday. "I never feel like I have to prove anything," Morris said. "This is my fifth year, and I've had success on the ground. I was fortunate to have success early in my career. ... It's an opportunity to say, 'Look, I've done this and I still can do this despite what happened last year to me. I'm still the same guy I was in 2012 as I am in 2016.'"
NOTES: RB Ezekiel Elliott returned to practice and will play against Seattle Seahawks, making his preseason debut. ... RB Lance Dunbar has been activated from the PUP list. He practiced for the first time Sunday after being sidelined since last October when he tore his ACL and patellar tendon. There was talk he might have to start the season on PUP, but Dunbar is back ahead of schedule. ... LB Mark Nzeocha suffered a strained Achilles against the Miami Dolphins last Friday and his return is unknown as the Cowboys are still trying to determine the seriousness of the injury. Nzeocha missed all of last season in college with a knee injury. ... OT Tyron Smith (stinger) will likely be sidelined for the entire preseason. The Cowboys are being cautious and believe he will be ready for the season opener.