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Stephen McGee: No. 2 QB Of The Future?

McGee will be Tony Romo's backup for at least the remainder of this season



    With veteran Jon Kitna on the injured reserve and likely retiring at the year’s end, Stephen McGee will step into the backup role for at least the next three games--and according to Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, there’s a good chance McGee will hold onto the no. 2 role moving into 2012.

    This would be a departure for the Cowboys, who have always backed up starter Tony Romo with seasoned veterans--first Brad Johnson, and then Kitna. McGee’s only real game experience has come from the preseason, and a week 17 match-up against Philly last season. But the game against Philly was enough to inspire confidence at Valley Ranch, following a very Tebowian performance from the Texas A&M product.

    McGee was 11 for 27 in that game, for a touchdown and a late touchdown drive to win, 14-13.

    "We feel great that Stephen McGee had a chance to play in regular-season games at the end of last year," head coach Jason Garrett said recently, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "That was a real positive thing. We have a lot of confidence in Stephen."

    The game inspired some confidence in McGee, himself, as well--which is good, as he is now one unfortunate play away from getting onto the field and charged with leading the Dallas offense.

    "I think the little experience that I got was huge in just kind of feeling the flow of the game, the tempo and the speed of the defenses in a real game," McGee said. "That kind of experience is invaluable for a guy like me."

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