Stephen McGee said he understands the Cowboys’ move to bring in Kyle Orton as the new backup quarterback. But he said he still believes he can compete for the No. 2 job and have a career in the NFL, with the Cowboys or somewhere else.
“I understand the decision on their end. I don’t necessarily have to love it,” he said. “But the decision’s out of my control, so I’m going to be the best football player I can be and not worry about the rest.”
McGee, 26, a fourth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2009, said he’s got to build a resume.
“I think every chance I get in preseason or in practice is a resume builder,” he said. “I’d love to be in Dallas long-term, there’s no doubt about it. I’m a Texas boy. I grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. I hope I’m here forever. But I also know it’s a business. You’ve got to put out a good resume. I’m confident in my ability to play in this league for a long time, and the coaches have expressed that to me.”
Last year, McGee finished a December home game against the Philadelphia Eagles when Tony Romo got hurt in the first quarter. McGee went 24-for-38 with 182 yards passing and a touchdown, ran for 28 yards and was sacked three times.
McGee got a good start to the week on Tuesday, when he got more reps while Orton sat out with a hamstring injury.
“We’ll see what happens,” McGee said. “Do I want to play well? Yeah. Obviously, I want to play well and have a chance to compete for a two-spot. But right now, I don’t want to worry about all that stuff. I want to put on the blinders. If I get two reps in practice or 18, I want to make the most of them.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said McGee should remain encouraged.
“You can just see him grow,” Garrett said. “He’ll get a lot of reps in training camp. He’ll get a lot of time in the preseason games.”
-- Carlos Mendez