DALLAS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Dak Prescott is obliterating the preseason for the Dallas Cowboys.
Now he's ready to step into Tony Romo's shoes as the teams week one starting quarterback.
Still, Cowboys COO and director of player personnel Stephen Jones told MMQB that a healthy Romo is the starter. But he also said that Romo is "aware" of other possibilities.
"I can't imagine a scenario where Tony's not our quarterback when he's ready," Jones told Peter King. "But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and Brady. I'm sure Tony's aware of that. But the reality is, Tony's going to come back for us and play great, we believe."
The #Cowboys will spend the next week searching for a QB with Tony Romo out... but not to start. It's Dak Prescott until Romo is ready.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2016
In 2001, New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe had his season ended due to injury. Bledsoe, a three-time Pro Bowl selection at the time, never got his job back. A young Tom Brady led the Patriots to its first of three consecutive Super Bowl victories that season.
So on opening day, Cowboys are now expected to start a rookie QB and rookie RB...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2016
The difference? Bledsoe had a 3-3 playoff record before losing his job. Romo is 2-4 in the playoffs. Romo, however, has a 93 post season quarterback rating, while Bledsoe rated at 54.9.
Romo, 36, could miss up to six games this season, after breaking a bone in his back. Prescott leads the NFL with 454 passing yards, five touchdown passes, and zero interceptions this preseason. He has completed 78 percent of his passes and has a 137.8 quarterback rating. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the only player with a higher rating this preseason.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cowboys are now searching for a backup to Prescott. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday that the rookie is projected to open the season as the Cowboys starter, along with rookie Ezekiel Elliott as its starting running back.