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August 11, 2012

Carpenter eager for Cowboys' debut, says pre-season efforts will be important in battle for job

Cowboys quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who is competing with Stephen McGee for the No. 3 QB spot, said he looks forward to getting his first live action in a Dallas uniform in Monday’s pre-season game at Oakland.

During last week’s Blue-White scrimmage, Carpenter threw and interception and led a drive to a field goal. McGee, a former Texas A&M quarterback, had three consecutive three-and-out possessions.

Carpenter knows the stakes will be higher Monday because of the limited reps that go to quarterbacks other than starter Tony Romo and backup Kyle Orton.

“The pre-season games are always important, especially when you’re battling for a job,” Carpenter said. “For me, personally, I try not to worry about that stuff. I’ve bounced around a little bit. I’ve felt like I’ve won some jobs and didn’t. And I’ve felt like the other way around as well. To be truthful, I just want to go out there and focus on executing the offense, running the plays the coaches are calling and … moving the chains. There’s nothing worse in the pre-season than going three-and-out on every drive.”

_ Jimmy Burch

 

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