Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas reports at least one member of the Cowboys hopes three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo has to earn the right to retain his starting job.
The Cowboys went 1-5 when Romo started last season. They won four of nine games started by 38-year-old backup Jon Kitna after Romo suffered a broken collarbone, including a stretch of three wins in four games immediately after head coach Wade Phillips was fired and replaced by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
“I loved playing with Kitna,” tight end Martellus Bennett said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN 103.3’s Ben & Skin Show. “Kitna is one of my favorite people to play with. Just being out there on the field with that guy just makes you play even harder. He made some things happen in limited time, so I think if he got a longer chance, he’d be able to do more.
“I hope there’s a chance for a quarterback competition this year. Every position, I think we need to put more competition into it.”
Bennett, who has 68 catches for 702 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons since the Cowboys drafted him out of Texas A&M with a second-round pick, added that he thought Romo was “awesome.”