IRVING, Texas – Kellen Moore's three-game audition last December evidently made a positive impression on Jerry Jones - enough that he believes Moore can be an effective No. 2 quarterback behind Tony Romo in 2016.
Jones was asked Thursday on 105.3 The Fan if he expects Moore to be the Cowboys' backup quarterback.
"Yes," Jones said.
"He has got the instincts. He's got the anticipation. He knows what's going on. He gives me and us a great feeling about basically improving."
With Romo sidelined with a fractured left collarbone, Moore was signed off the practice squad last December and played in the team's final three losses, including the first two starts of his career. He completed 61 of 104 passes (58.7 percent) for 779 yards, 4 touchdowns and 6 interceptions for a 71.0 rating.
The Cowboys have not signed a veteran quarterback in free agency but did draft former Mississippi State standout Dak Prescott in the fourth round last weekend. Jones said he's excited about Prescott's potential, though prior to the draft he indicated the team would prefer to enter the season with a veteran in the No. 2 spot.
Although Moore hadn't taken a regular-season snap until the end of 2015, he spent three previous seasons with the Lions and has a strong grasp of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's system from their days in Detroit.
"Obviously those interceptions are not something you can live with," Jones said. "But some of the stuff he was doing was just pretty obvious that the team was responding and he was able to move the team."