John Phillips ready to snap deep if needed

IRVING, Texas -- After seeing Oakland struggle with its deep snapping after losing former Cowboy Jon Condo in the first half of Monday’s game, the backup deep snapper became a popular person across the NFL.

For the Cowboys, John Phillips is L.P. Ladouceur’s backup.

Phillips was watching the game and figured there would be a new interest in his reserve role. He normally snaps with Ladouceur off to the side during Friday’s walkthrough or practice.

“I think every team is going to be focused on that, making sure the second guy gets a lot of reps,” Phillips said. “It’s something you’ve got to do. You only carry so many guys on a roster, so somebody’s got to do it.”

Phillips, who is also the Cowboys' emergency quarterback, has never snapped in a game in his life and only picked up the skill in his rookie year after being recruited by special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis.

“I think he saw me throwing a football one day and (snapping) is just throwing between your legs,” Phillips said. “That’s about as easy as it gets right there.”