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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy already ‘very impressed’ with Andy Dalton

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It’s not every day that your backup quarterback has nearly a decade of NFL starting experience and three Pro Bowls under his belt. However, that’s exactly the situation the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in with Andy Dalton

While the team still figures out the details of starting QB Dak Prescott’s contract, Dallas has brought in the former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback. Dalton hasn’t been with the team very long and things are difficult due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but new head coach Mike McCarthy is already impressed with the nine-year NFL veteran.

“He’s part of the quarterback group,” the Cowboys coach said of Andy Dalton, per Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s been good. He brings a ton of experience, very impressed with his knowledge base and understanding.”

Dalton, a 2011 second-round pick out of TCU, has been under center for the Bengals since his rookie season. He found varying degrees of success in Cincinnati, but the 32-year-old has put together two 4,000-yard seasons in his career and four with at least 25 passing touchdowns.

Last season, Dalton started 13 games for the Bengals where he completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 3,494 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

As for McCarthy, the veteran coach was hired by Dallas to be their new head coach after taking a year off in 2019. Prior to that, McCarthy spent 13 seasons as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers where he compiled a 125-77-2 record — bringing a Super Bowl to Green Bay in 2011.

Dalton joins not only Prescott in the Dallas quarterbacks room but also second-year pro Clayton Thorson and 2020 seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci.