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Dallas Cowboys 2020 Training Camp Preview: Quarterback

The are starting to put together their final roster for the . As practices begin soon, begins a position-by-position breakdown of who is in camp and how the competitions look for various roles throughout the team. Naturally, we're going to kick things off with the quarterbacks.


Last season, had career highs in passing yards and touchdowns while also posting his second-best . He blossomed as a franchise QB with running the and hopes to progress further with taking over as .

Prescott's big year brought on the in 2020 and all of the drama that came with it. The Cowboys were unable to sign Dak to a long-term deal by the deadline and now both parties will have to wait until the to get that done.

Obviously, that makes this a critical year for Prescott. But he's been given every opportunity to succeed with a loaded offense, continuity at , and the switch from to McCarthy. It'll be hard to find excuses if Dak doesn't perform in 2020.

Also joining the mix this year is veteran , one of several longtime starting QBs left scrounging for work in 2020. The Texas native gets is here to backup Prescott and give the Cowboys security as they push to get back to the .

With both starter and backup clearly established, the only question mark at QB for Dallas is between developmental prospects and . Which of them will make it as the team's third , and will that player be on the or the ?

Ben DiNucci, Clayton Thorson
Cowboys QB prospects Ben DiNucci & Clayton Thorson

Quarterback Pre-Camp Rankings

  1. Dak Prescott
  2. Andy Dalton
  3. Ben DiNucci vs Clayton Thorson

QB Competitions

Again, the only real debate here is at the bottom of the . While a few so-called “fans” have clamored for Dallas to dump Dak and go with Dalton, most know that Prescott is the superior player at this point and the QB of the future for the Cowboys. At the very least, Dak is the franchise-tagged starter in 2020.

As for DiNucci and Thorson, one of the biggest losses in not having a is missing out on watching these guys play. While the exhibition games can be deceiving, they also are the only glimpse we usually get of these developmental quarterbacks.

Despite being a 7th-round rookie, Ben DiNucci is already developing a following based on his college tapes and the general hype around Dallas' 2020 draft class. Given that he's also a fresh pick by the Cowboys' new , and particularly our new QB-minded head coach, it's not unreasonable to consider him the current front-runner.

That said, Clayton Thorson was a 5th-round pick a year ago and spent 2019 on Dallas' practice squad. That , especially since Kellen Moore is still the offensive coordinator, is invaluable for him in this competition.

Keep in mind that Thorson was drafted by the Eagles, whose head coach is a disciple of the West Coast offense much like Mike McCarthy is. So while McCarthy did have a say in drafting DiNucci, he could also find favorable qualities in Thorson's game as well.

Only time and performance will tell who emerges between DiNucci and Thorson and even then a spot on the official roster is far from guaranteed. Dallas may elect to keep just Prescott and Dalton and let the developmental player fall to the practice squad, saving a roster spot for some other position.

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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