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June 12, 2012

Stephen McGee says NFL is a business, and he has to build a resume for a career with Cowboys or elsewhere

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

Twitter @calexmendez

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