The Dallas Cowboys had no need for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014 NFL Draft because Tony Romo is progressing ahead of schedule in his rehab from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
But while Romo remains limited in what he can do in the off season program and the Cowboys up coming minicamps, vice-president Stephen Jones said the team has no doubt he will full cleared for the start of training camp in July and be ready to go for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium Sept. 7.
“Yes he will and he’s actually progressing great,” Jones said during a conference call with season ticket holders on Tuesday. “He’s on schedule if not ahead of schedule. He’s throwing the ball around, we not only think he’ll be ready for opening week, he’ll start up at training camp and be ready to go."
Jones reiterated that the Cowboys continue to have a lot of faith in Romo. He believes they would have made the playoffs last season if he hadn't missed the season finale against the Eagles because of the back surgery. Getting Romo back and healthy was more important to the Cowboys getting to the playoffs next year than drafting Manziel, Jones said.
“We all feel Johnny Manziel is a great football player," Jones said. "We got a great quarterback in Tony Romo, who I think is ready to take the next big step. Get him hot and get us in the playoffs and anything can happen.”
Clarence E. Hill Jr.