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Cowboys' Schottenheimer: Lance to get 'a ton' of reps this summer

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Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said quarterback Trey Lance's workload will increase this summer.

"The guy's obviously an unbelievable athlete, but we need to get him the reps," Schottenheimer said, according to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "How do you learn to play the position of quarterback unless you're playing?"

"We know Dak (Prescott). We know (Cooper Rush). (Lance) is the question mark. ... It's gonna be all about getting him a ton of reps throughout OTAs, minicamp, and then training camp. You're gonna see him getting a ton leading into the preseason."

Dallas acquired Lance for a fourth-round pick last August in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys declined to pick up his fifth-year option earlier in May, and he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2024 campaign.

Lance, a former third overall pick, has only four starts in his NFL career. He went 2-2 with 1,032 total yards, six touchdowns, and three turnovers. The 24-year-old entered the NFL with little experience, attempting only 318 passes at North Dakota State.

"The best thing he does to this day is still improvise and move. So now, let's see what concepts he likes to see what he's comfortable doing," Schottenheimer said.

He added: "Over the time, we're gonna get that figured out so we could put together a really good package for him."

Prescott, Dallas' starting quarterback, is set for a massive 2024 season as he'll also become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. He has a $55.1-million cap hit this year, and the Cowboys will eat a $40.1-million cap hit in 2025 if he leaves in free agency.

Dallas doesn't have a signal-caller under contract for the 2025 campaign.

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