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Jerry Jones sounds off after acquisition of Trey Lance

How will this work out?

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By now, you've heard the news of the Dallas Cowboys acquiring quarterback Trey Lance from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 4th round selection; he's expected to compete for the backup role behind starter Dak Prescott for this upcoming season. 

For team owner and general manager Jerry Jones, it's going to be about having the opportunity to develop a young quarterback, especially one who was taken so high in the Draft. 

"Well he gives us an opportunity to – at a level that we probably had never gone in the draft – to work and develop a young quarterback," Jones said. "And, you need to be doing that."

"We hit this and figuratively didn't even get them off the phone, because we wanted him to get him in here," he said. "Not in any way to be confused that we're not betting on our success on Dak. We just need to, the Dallas Cowboys, where we can, be developing the best that we can develop for the future for quarterbacks."

What was it that Jones liked about Lance during the Draft process? 

"His athletic ability, his arm strength," Jones said about what stood out in the draft process. "And frankly, we knew he hadn't played a lot of football relative to – let's say – what Dak had played in college. But he's very athletic and he can, in my mind, really do both – be a threat at running and throwing."

Lance will have a chance to develop in Dallas and gain wisdom and knowledge from the coaching staff as well as playing behind Prescott.

"We'll give him that kind of exposure with our coaches. Main thing is, our quarterback room, with the best leader I ever saw with Dak Prescott, will give him every chance to be the quarterback that he's got the potential of being."