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Cowboys Sophomores: QB Jameill Showers

Sean Martin

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As Cowboys fans anxiously await the Cowboys' 2016 training camp, getting underway from Oxnard, CA at the end of this month, we find ourselves in a familiar situation from the 4-win 2015 season this team just endured. The backup quarterback position behind Tony Romo is still mired in uncertainty. It's a glaring hole to remind the coaching staff how last season went so horribly wrong.

Doing his absolute best to help stabilize the backup QB position in Dallas is second-year player Jameill Showers. Still such an unknown when it comes to his NFL ability, Showers was signed out of UTEP as an undrafted free agent last season.

Immediately becoming a fan favorite player in the preseason thanks to his versatility to play on special teams, his passing statistics through those four games were as follows:

 

Wk Opp Comp Att Yds TDs INTs
1 @ San Diego Chargers 5 11 40 0 0
2 @San Francisco 49ers 8 17 80 1 1
3 vs. Minnesota Vikings 2 4 5 0 0
4 vs. Houston Texans 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL: 3 games 15 32 125 1 1

 

Obviously, there's room for improvement for any quarterback that completes less than 50% of his passes, but the Dallas Cowboys understood the long road that would await Showers when they brought him in. Jameill Showers was able to make himself valuable on the team's practice squad in 2015, but only in serving as an athletic body capable of playing multiple positions for the "scout team" while developing his passing skills.

Jameill Showers' most recent practice opportunities came during OTAs and mini-camp, where he made the most of them, focusing all of his efforts at QB. While Showers is a very long way from proving that he can keep the Cowboys' offense efficient without Tony Romo under center, the same could be said about his competitors on the roster - Kellen Moore and rookie Dak Prescott.

 

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With Prescott's roster spot secure as a rookie, the true training camp QB competition is going to be between Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers. This should turn out to be a battle that will last all the way through the preseason, and be one that we revisit multiple times.

For Showers to further his career with the Dallas Cowboys and replace Kellen Moore, he is going to have to quickly grasp as much of the mental aspects in Scott Linehan's offense as possible. This is one area that Kellen Moore has an advantage, although he struggles physically to actually execute these plays on the field.

Jameill Showers may have to face this uphill battle without the luxury of an abundance of preseason snaps, as the Cowboys could quickly determine that he is better fit to again join the practice squad. If this is the case, the Cowboys won't want to give other teams the confidence to sign Showers off of waivers before he can be added to Dallas' practice squad.

Where Jameill Showers has a chance to stand out is with his legs.

A quarterback that can create extra time for himself, similarly to Tony Romo, is incredibly valuable for an offense that features weapons like Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley, and Terrance Williams. Jameill Showers has a chance to be this guy for the Cowboys, rushing for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns in his final collegiate season.

Jameill Showers will continue to receive plenty of support this summer from Cowboys Nation, but the support from the coaching staff is only going to come if he continues to take significant strides as a complete quarterback. If he can do so, enough to beat out Kellen Moore, then the team will have to feel a little bit better about their plans in place in the event of another Tony Romo injury.

What do you think the future holds for QB Jameill Showers?

Let us know! Comment below to start the conversation!

With this article, my "Cowboys Sophomores" series here on Inside The Star has come to an end. If you missed any player profiles, click here to browse the archivesShare your thoughts on the overall series by emailing me at sean.martin@insidethestar.com or tweeting to @ShoreSportsNJ

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • CJ

    Your written article is a waste of space. Kellen Moore is there best QB on this team. Yes, including Choke Romo.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      smdh …………..

  • George Johnson

    Sean Martin: I almost didn't comment as it is getting old, but I can't help myself. There is no way in God's green earth that Showers is going to out perform K Moore or earn the 2nd team QB position. I am getting more confident every day in K Moore based on S Linehan's comments. He said K Moore can throw the ball well enough to play in the NFL and will make a good backup for T Romo. He said he makes up for the fact he does not have the strongest arm in the league with his accuracy, timing and uncanny anticipation. He said he does not have to change much when K Moore comes into the game for T Romo. He said he knows how to play and executes the plays the way the coaches want. He said the players have confidence in him. He said people say K Moore can't make the longer throws but in the Washington game K Moore threw more 20 yards or longer throws than had been done in the previous ten games. He said he can do things that can't be coached. S Linehan's comments are making me more optimistic than ever about K Moore. Without S Linehan saying anything I know K Moore is outstanding or a master at pocket passing from his college days, but has physical limitations that kept him from even being drafted and many questioning if he could even play in the NFL. He could of easily been the number one draft pick over A Luck if he had the prototypical body and a strong arm. The physical limitation that was going to cause him the most difficulty, his arm strength, S Linehan is saying is not much of an issue through these comments. This bodes well for K Moore and his career in the NFL. K Moore is at a point in his NFL career where he should be more than ready to be a solid backup. He has four years NFL experience, knows the Dallas offense/playbook well, has some starting experience in the Dallas offense and has improved each year in the NFL. Showers is a sophomore but has had limited reps/experience in the NFL at QB. He was undrafted. I would assume Showers will progress and may do well but he won't beat out K Moore or overcome the coaches confidence in K Moore's ability to step in for T Romo.

    • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

      George, thanks as always for reading. You seem to always circle back to one guy besides Moore in these comments, and that's Scott Linehan. I'm a big fan of his offense, and respect him as one of our coaches, but is it safe to say that even Linehan can be wrong sometimes? He's seen Kellen Moore throw the football enough to know who he is, and I also think he understands that more than he'll let fans and the media know. All he wants is for a backup QB to not make his offense look beatable and "behind the times", and Moore can do that by running through his reads and making some throws. Is that going to win the Dallas Cowboys a lot of football games though? I doubt it, as does nearly every other fan.

  • Ned F

    You can use the preseason as a competition…and I understand you have to earn opportunity to hold any position….but if you've made your choice, wouldn't it be wiser to give that choice as much time under center as possible in case he does need to step forward? Given the potential for a Romo injury, I would think getting past the competition stage sooner rather than later would best serve the Cowboys' need.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Good point, but you also have to consider that Romo will probably be skipping Wednesday practices again this year, which gives the #2 QB regular practices with the first team throughout the year. By about the bye week, comes close to making up for lack of dedicated time in camp and preseason. I would think.

      • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

        Great point, Bryson. This should make the Cowboys even more willing to give Showers plenty of work in the preseason, because if he loses out to Moore they can still count on Kellen to stay fresh with the reps he had last season along with the ones he'll have during camp and in regular practice weeks. Thank you for reading and responding, Ned!

  • Andre

    Kellen moore has gotten his chance to prove himself he did not. He became backup because cassel was released and because showers was untested. With the right amount of reps he can develop into a good competitor for moore. Showers has a good arm and is mobile kind of like russel wilson but a lower level. If romo can coach him up a bit he can take over scott linehan only gave him praise because he was with the lions.

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Cowboys’ Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

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Cowboys Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?

Say what you want about Randy Gregory and his past struggles, but he might just be turning into the player the Dallas Cowboys envisioned when they drafted him in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. All I can say is, it's about time!

Randy Gregory is just one of many players Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has gone out of his way to help in the hopes of improving his football team, but very few have received as much patience and personal attention as Gregory. Jerry has continued to stand by him through all of his off the field issues and suspensions, despite not getting much in return.

It's been somewhat confusing for a lot of Cowboys Nation. Many fans have been ready to move on from the troubled defensive end, but not Jerry Jones. This was his pick back in 2015 and he was bound and determined to see it through. That's exactly what he's done and he might actually see some return on his investment.

Randy Gregory isn't exactly blowing things up like Linebacker Leighton Vander Ecsh or some of his other defensive teammates, but he's quietly strung together some good games these past several weeks. In the last four games he has three quarterback sacks, three quarterback hits, and a tackle for a loss. That's not even mentioning how he's consistently applying pressure to the QB as well.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

I know it doesn't look like much from the outside looking in, but to me he's starting to look like a player who's finally finding his groove. I don't know about you, but I will take any silver lining I can get when it comes to Randy Gregory. Even if it is the small sample size.

We all knew it might take him a while to get things going after missing all 2017 and parts of 2016 due to suspensions. That's a lot of football to miss for a young player and it's kind of hurt his development. That's probably one of the reasons the Cowboys brought him along a little slowly this season.

I don't think there's any reason to pull back the reins any longer though. Gregory looks as if he has acclimated to the game once again and is ready, willing, and able to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence from here on out. The Cowboys defense is just better with him in the lineup.

Randy Gregory has had to overcome a lot of personal demons to reach this point in his career, and for that I commend him. It couldn't have been an easy road to go down, but the work he has put in is paying off and he can finally see the fruits of his labor for himself. That could pay huge dividends not only from a confidence standpoint, but also as a sense of validation.

Now, he just needs to keep his nose to the grind stone and continue to do what he's been doing. I think everything else will work itself out and both he and the Cowboys will be better for it.

Do you think Randy Gregory is finally hitting his stride?



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QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations

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Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.

Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.

There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.

One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.

Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.

This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.

Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.

He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.

For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.



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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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