IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys' offseason comes to an end today with their final minicamp practice, and to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, there has been no bigger positive than seeing Tony Romo take every snap in organized team activities and minicamp.
Because of rehab the previous two seasons relating to back surgeries, Romo hadn't taken part in the offseason programs since 2012. While Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes to say, "We believe in practice," Romo has had a pretty good two-year run without offseason practice. After Week 1 last season, he did not take part in a Wednesday practice when the Cowboys had a full week to prepare.
Romo has 65 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions in his past 30 games and last season led the NFL in completion percentage, passer rating and Total QBR.
Jones doesn't want to imagine an improvement from Romo just because he was able to take every snap in May and June.
"I'll take the way he's been playing," Jones said. "I will take it and call it a day right now if you'll give me the whole year like that. I wouldn't dare have higher expectations, other than I'd like to -- held the fumble, not fumble and beat Green Bay, or caught the pass. Other than that, we might have been sitting here talking about a dream season for Tony."
If this can be termed a dream offseason for Romo, then Jones saw another benefit, even with Dez Bryant absent and awaiting a long-term contract offer.
"I'm pleased that he's able to with these receivers we've got, the makeup of our receivers out here, I'm really glad that they're getting to benefit from him throwing the ball to them," Jones said. "I think that was propitious that that timing happened. Because last year, these young receivers wouldn't have had him throwing to them as much, at all. So we've been really able to evaluate a lot of these guys, with the loss of [Dwayne] Harris, that are going to have to be in here and get some more reps -- [Devin] Street in particularly, also [Terrance] Williams and certainly some of these college free agents. I think that's been the biggest plus of all, is to be able to look at those receivers in that light."
The next time the Cowboys see Romo will be in training camp in Oxnard, California. Last year, he did not practice more than two straight days all summer as he came back from the discectomy. No plan has been set for Romo in camp this summer.
"I think it's early to talk about that," Garrett said. "He seems to be able to handle the workload fairly well on back-to-back days, but we'll try to treat those situations individually like we've done in the past and try to get as much work as we can without compromising any of the players."