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    Closer Look at Clayton Thorson, Cowboys’ New Practice Squad QB

    The decided to let both and go in their final cuts last week, leaving themselves with just two quarterbacks on their 2019 roster. But instead of bringing either of them back on the practice squad, Dallas added a fresh face in rookie passer Clayton Thorson out of Northwestern University.

    Thorson was a 5th-round pick in April's draft of the . He was selected 167th overall, which was two slots after Dallas drafted DE and nine picks after CB .

    Clayton struggled in and for Philly and did not make their roster. The Eagles kept veterans Josh McCown and Nate Sudfeld behind starter , then added former Giants prospect Kyle Lauletta to their practice squad.

    Thorson entered the NFL after being a four-year starter for the Wildcats. He set school records for passing yards, completions, and touchdowns and had a 36-17 record as a starter.

    While Dallas had opportunities to draft Clayton themselves this year, they were committed to letting and Mike White compete for jobs. It wasn't until White washed out this preseason that the Cowboys were ready to move on, and they must have had their eye on Thorson for a while.

    I was surprised that Dallas didn't stick with Taryn Christion, whose athletic ability made him an intriguing prospect for further development. But given that Thorson went in the 5th Round of the same draft where Christion wasn't selected at all, teams must have seen a gap in talent.

    Practice squad players may not seem that important at times, but it might only take one for Clayton Thorson to wind up on the Cowboys' official roster. With only and Cooper Rush currently on the , Dallas would have to add somebody should either of them miss time.

    Even then it might not be the rookie. Given Thorson's shaky preseason, Dallas could look to outside help before calling him up to the 53 to be the primary backup.

    That said, they must see something in Clayton Thorson to now make that investment of developmental work. Having a good pipeline of QB talent is a wise business model, and hopefully the Cowboys have upgraded by choosing Thorson over their other options.

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    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    James Shelly

    FAN THEORY. Not to be cynical – but I think they want to pick his brain on the Eagles. Once they’ve got what they want, they’ll probably cut him and bring back Taryn Christion.

    Jess Haynie

    Sorry James, but that whole “picking their brain” thing is a fan/media idea that has little bearing in NFL processes. Dallas already knows the Eagles; they’re not risking losing a QB prospect they like for that reason.

    This is about seeing something in Thorson that they like over White or Christion.

    James Shelly

    Thorson had a solid college career. But his NFL preseason was positively “Mike White-esque.” (ie terrible…)

    James Shelly

    you’re probably right about that. and based on his performance, the kid didn’t get too far into the play book.

    Ethan Chazin

    so the title of this article says Taking a closer look at clayton thorson then fails to give any analysis whatsoever other than saying he struggled in the eagles camp. Yah think? nothing from his scouting report or college career? What makes him an upgrade over mike white? SMH

    Jess Haynie

    I think there was a little more meat on the bone than that, Ethan. But yeah, I couldn’t really go deep on a player I’ve never watched play a single down of football. Sorry to disappoint.