Alex Tanney played only seven plays against the Raiders last week. He will play more this week.
Tanney will be the third quarterback on the field for the Cowboys in their preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday. He will follow Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. Nick Stephens also will play.
"I’m excited just to get in there and continue to show all the hard work I’ve put in in the classroom and out here after practice, before practice, just trying to get as many reps as I can possibly get," Tanney said. "It’s pretty beneficial."
The Cowboys are expected to keep only two quarterbacks on their 53-player roster. But Tanney is auditioning for other teams as well as trying to compete for a spot on the Cowboys' practice squad.
Stephens has played 50 plays, completing 11 of 19 passes for 102 yards with an interception. Tanney has played 38 plays, completing 6 of 17 passes for 66 yards.
"I’m improving," Tanney said. "I was only two weeks into the playbook then [for the Hall of Fame Game]. It’s basically double the knowledge at this point."
-- Charean Williams