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With Orton Out, McGee Takes More Reps

IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys have seen development in quarterback Stephen McGee since drafting him in 2009. But with Tony Romo suffering major injuries in each of the last two seasons, they jumped at the chance to sign veteran Kyle Orton as the primary backup when free agency opened March.

McGee said he understands the team's decision "100 percent." But as he enters the final year of his rookie contract, he finds himself in a battle with recently-claimed Rudy Carpenter for the No. 3 spot.

Every rep counts for McGee, and he got more during Tuesday's first minicamp practice with Orton resting a tweaked hamstring.

"If we have an opportunity to bring in a guy like Kyle, we've got to do that," McGee said. "He's a great player, he's got 70 (career) starts and he has played really good football. I understand the decision on their end.

"(Do) I necessarily have to love it? No, but it's out of my control so I'm going to be the best player I can be and not worry about the rest."

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