"What I'm seeing out here is Tony Romo at his best," Jones said. "I can't remember a time when I thought he was playing any better, looked any better, made me feel any better, made our coaches feel any better as far as his execution and what he needs to do for us to win."
In team and seven-on-seven drills, Romo completed 14 of 18 passes. For the first time in full-padded practices he did not have an interception. In one-on-one work he and Dez Bryant were unstoppable with a slant-and-go touchdown, an in-cut touchdown and a back-shoulder touchdown. In the compete period, he threw touchdown passes to Bryant and Jason Witten.
With Bryant out because of sore hamstring, he was able to convert a key third down in situational work with a pass to Cole Beasley and set up a game-winning field goal from Dan Bailey with a corner route throw to undrafted rookie Lucky Whitehead.
"We're running through a lot of stuff so we have some new guys in certain spots, but we've been executing at a pretty high level, the first unit," Romo said. "That's good to see. We have to do a better job each and every day, but I like the start to camp. Guys just have to keep getting better."
Romo's good day came after a day off, his second of camp. He missed one practice after having a sty removed below his left eye. The Cowboys are off today and will work four straight days before traveling to San Diego for the first preseason game.
Romo said he will take another day off before they play the Chargers, and if Jason Garrett's form holds Romo -- and no other starter -- will play in that game.
"That's not because I couldn't but I just don't know that it serves the long run in the best interest of that," Romo said. "We'll see as next week comes but more than likely there will be a day. Just the amount of torque of every day at training camp and having two of them and then meetings, they all add up. You just have to be smart about that."
A year ago Jones did not know for sure how Romo's twice surgically-repaired back would hold up not only in camp but also the regular season. He answered those questions with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while leading the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and NFC East title.
"It feels much better than it did with him nursing injury like his back this time last year," Jones said. "So I feel good about what he's doing. I like what our plans are, what we're doing, how he's practicing, how we're practicing. I think all of that is real good."