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Andy Dalton Ready for the “Next Step” with the Dallas Cowboys

The made a splash Saturday night when they signed to a one-year deal to be the . Dalton, speaking to Adam Schefter, should clear up any misconceptions about the role he'll play in Dallas following the signing.

Andy Dalton joined Schefter for his Podcast and spoke about what this means for Dalton and his future.

A quarterback with Andy Dalton's doesn't come around very often, so it's no surprise that he had options available to him. Aside from the and perhaps the , there isn't a team that has an immediate need at quarterback. Almost every organization is tied down to their franchise quarterback or has a young guy that they're still trying to figure out if he's the guy.

New England seems pretty set on going with Jarrett Stidham, and the Jaguars have , who played well for them last year.

Most of Dalton's options were likely of the backup quarterback variety, and as he mentions, the Dallas Cowboys are in really good shape to contend in 2020.

In addition to living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Dalton cited new Dallas Cowboys as one of the reasons for coming to the Cowboys. McCarthy is one of the better quarterbacks coaches in the , and Dalton will get a good education under McCarthy over the next year.

The former Cinncinati Bengals quarterback is eyeing the second act of his career and hopes a year in Dallas could create an opportunity for him to start somewhere else in the future.

Having a backup quarterback with the talent and experience that Andy Dalton brings to the table is going to help everyone from to the depth on the roster. Dalton's presence in the quarterback room will help with game planning and giving Dak another set of eyes in-game, similar to what provided during Dak's rookie season.

When the second-team gets their reps in practices and the , that will get the most out of their reps with Andy Dalton leading them. While Rush showed improvement during his time in Dallas, Dalton will help the guys down the develop.

Even if he never takes a snap during the , Andy Dalton's 133 career starts, and a career of 87.5 is going to be quite useful to a team that hasn't had a veteran backup quarterback since 2016.

While Dak Prescott has gotten through the first four years of his career without missing a game, the Dallas Cowboys bought a high-quality insurance policy in the event Prescott is forced to miss games in 2020. Just having his presence in the meeting room, on the practice field, and on the sideline on gamedays is going to help everyone on the offense to be better in 2020.

John Williams
John Williams
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