First Impressions: Romo is Back & New Signee Shines

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ARLINGTON — Months of anticipation and speculation were put to rest Saturday night. Tony Romo finally made his way back on the field for the pre-season home opener. An early fumble forced him to demonstrate his tackling skills, but he rallied for a beautiful touchdown bomb to Dez Bryant.

The ‘Boys would go on to lose to Baltimore 37-30, but Head Coach Jason Garrett had positive praise for Romo.

“To me he looked comfortable. I thought that first third down where he had to climb the pocket and deliver the ball to Dez, I thought that looked a lot like Tony Romo.”

But the real star of the night was Zach Minter. Don`t feel bad if you`ve never heard of him. The Cowboys just picked him up on Thursday, and he only had one practice.

That didn`t stop him from collecting four tackles, two sacks and forcing a fumble while helping the second and third stringers reel off 20 unanswered points.

“I don`t know how many plays he played, but I bet it was over 50% of the plays he was in there he had some kind of an impact on the football,” Garrett said of Minter’s performance.

“Whether it was a tackle for a loss or a sack, just seemed to be all over the place. He had a chance to show us what he could do over a short period of time, he certainly flashed at us.”

Now, all eyes will be on the second year, un-drafted free agent out of Montana State. If he can be more than just a flash in the pan, Minter might be the relief the injury depleted defense desperately needs.