The Dallas Cowboys don't sound like they're worried about starting their third-string quarterback this week.
Now the Cowboys are forced to put their faith in third-string passer Ben DiNucci as they prepare for a crucial NFC East clash against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
The seventh-round selection from James Madison has been winning over his teammates during practice this week.
"He looked good," said wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic. "If I had to describe it in one word, I’d say he looks comfortable. It seems like he’s a confident guy."
The 23-year-old went 2-of-3 passing for 29 yards in last week's 25-3 loss to Washington.
DiNucci will need confidence ahead of his likely first career start. Dalton remains in the concussion protocol despite participating in the Cowboys' walk-through on Friday. He's listed as doubtful for Sunday's matchup.
"If Andy would practice (Saturday), that would be the only chance he would have to play in the game," head coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. "As of right now, he's not scheduled to practice."
Garrett Gilbert will assume backup duties if Dalton is unavailable. Dallas also signed Cooper Rush to its practice squad for added insurance.