DiNucci the "Slinger" ready to make first NFL start


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci is preparing to make his first NFL start against the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

Andy Dalton, the guy that would be starting in place of the injured Dak Prescott, has yet to be ruled out for the divisional matchup. However, Dalton has failed to practice this week as he remains in the league's concussion protocol, making it evident that DiNucci gets the green light.

"For me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime," DiNucci said Thursday. "This is everyone's childhood dream. Getting a chance to be starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys."

DiNucci went on to say he didn't believe he'd ever see the field this season behind Prescott and Dalton, but "this is 2020. What else do you expect?"

The rookie quarterback out of James Madison University has been given all of the first-team reps in practice this week, according to coach Mike McCarthy. And, according to his teammates, he's been very impressive so far.

"Slinger. Full of confidence, and that's what I love," linebacker Jaylon Smith said of his first impressions of DiNucci, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. "You see a fire in his eyes. So I'm just looking forward to going to bat with my brother."

"He’s been slinging that thing (in practice)," receiver Michael Gallup added, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. "He’s got a little speed on that ball. It gets on you quick.”

Gallup then said that DiNucci told him in practice this week that his job is pretty straight forward with the weapons they have on offense.

“My job is actually pretty easy. I just got to get the ball to you three," DiNucci said, via Gallup, of the talented trio of Gallup, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.