Dustin Vaughan began his Dallas Cowboys career with about as much of a chance to make the 53-player roster as his parody scouting video on YouTube gave him.

Sure, the team’s scouts liked him enough that the Cowboys gave him a $5,000 signing bonus as an undrafted free agent.
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But the Cowboys haven’t carried three quarterbacks on their roster since 2011, when Stephen McGee, a fourth-round pick in 2009, served as a developmental prospect.

“I appreciate absolutely any opportunity I can get,” Vaughan said. “Whether that’s coming in and being the third quarterback, being on the practice squad, it’s my dream to be in the NFL, and right now I’m trying to make this team. However, I can do it. I just need to take every opportunity. One step at a time. I think that’s the most important thing for me.”

Jerry Jones conceded after Saturday’s second preseason game that Vaughan very well may force the Cowboys to keep him on their roster. During training camp, the owner referenced Matt Moore.

Moore, an undrafted free agent, went 21 of 29 for 182 yards with a touchdown, no interceptions and a 100.1 passer rating during the 2007 preseason. The Cowboys cut him, hoping to re-sign him to the practice squad. Instead, the Carolina Panthers picked up Moore as their third-string quarterback, and he started three games that season and 25 for his career.

“We’re going to see a lot of him these next two ballgames I’m sure,” Jones said of Vaughan, “and we’ll see how that plays out. But he could very well [make the active roster as the third quarterback].”

The phrase the Cowboys repeatedly use with Vaughan is “the stage isn’t too big for him,” which is somewhat surprising considering he played at Division II West Texas A&M.

“The thing the coaches have told me multiple times is there’s no excuse now of coming in and being from a smaller school or being a rookie quarterback, because their expectations are going to be high for me,” Vaughan said. “They’re going to coach me that way, and I love being coached that way.