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Should The Dallas Cowboys Sign QB Brian Hoyer?



Cowboys Headlines - Should The Dallas Cowboys Sign Brian Hoyer?

Rumors have circulated about the backup quarterback situation in Dallas, specifically regarding the possibility of bringing in Brian Hoyer. Some suggest the Cowboys, along with the Steelers and the Jets, are looking to sign him. Others suggest the Cowboys are not in the equation at all.

Brian Hoyer (30) was recently released by the Houston Texans after setting career bests in TD-to-INT ratio, 19:7, and passer rating, 91.4, as a nine game starter. The Texans tried trading Hoyer but got no offers - most likely because teams were willing to wait until he became a free agent.

The Cowboys need a backup QB that can step in and win some games if and when Tony Romo goes down. They may be pursuing Brian Hoyer, but is it in their best interest to sign him?

Yes, because…

Behind Tony Romo, the Cowboys currently have Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers as QB2 and QB3. Hopefully, after the draft, a rookie QB will be on that list as well. Brian Hoyer could be a serious upgrade as far as experience and skill level. Moore committed seven turnovers in three appearances, Hoyer had the same amount in 11 appearances. Showers showed promise in pre-season but it’s possible he may be used more as a special teams player.

I’m not making an argument for Moore or Showers to be, or not to be, the heir to the throne after Romo, although I’m sure an argument could be made. I’m saying right now they are just backups. If the Cowboys were to bring in Brian Hoyer then that would be all he’d be used for - only as a backup.

A backup QB is a must for the Cowboys, especially one who is prepared to see some serious playing time. Romo hasn’t played an entire season since 2012. He is bound to miss some time in 2016. The front men for the Cowboys may think Brian Hoyer can win some games in Romo’s absence.

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No, because...

The Cowboys already have two backup quarterbacks in Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers. Because they are already here and have budding careers as Cowboys, they could develop into quality backups, which makes signing Hoyer unnecessary.

More so, Scott Linehan, Cowboys offensive coordinator, has stated he is confident in Moore’s ability to be a QB2.

The Cowboys also wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on Hoyer. Hoyer may argue that his 2015 career high stats constitute a starting-quarterback-sized paycheck. That’s something that could deter the Cowboys. Even a contract for a quality backup QB is not cheap. If the Cowboys were interested in Hoyer, they would make sure the contract they agree on gives them the ability to wiggle out of it if Hoyer proves to be worse than Moore.

Not to mention, the draft is coming up. The Cowboys are certain to pick a quarterback in rounds two and beyond in hopes to groom him into the future face of the franchise.

Hoyer joining the club, would give the Cowboys five quarterbacks on the roster: Romo, Moore, Showers, Hoyer, and a rookie.

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If Hoyer does wear the star in 2016, it’d likely be for one year. Ideally, I’d like the rookie QB to get the QB2 position, that way he can learn and see inevitable playing time for when he takes the reins down the road.

But on the other hand, Hoyer could still beat out Moore and Showers and be a reliable backup. He could also serve as another mentor to the younger QBs on the team.

Would it be in the their best interest to sign Brian Hoyer? Maybe at the right price.

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  • Randy Martin

    The media starts and fuels all rumors. Hoyers release didn't make a ripple in the Cowboys pool. Not one discussion in Cowboy camp on Hoyer. Move on nothing to see here. One thing to ask yourself…given that Houston NEEDS a starting QB why would they release Hoyer??? They don't have any confidence in him either.

    • Bryson Treece

      Don't the Texans have Brock Osweiler? Lot of people felt really good about him in Denver. My bet is Houston is willing to develop him as they go. As for Hoyer to Dallas… I'd actually prefer him over Moore or Showers, but the Cowboys will draft a QB this year and it'll be before round 5.

      • George Johnson

        I am not sure Hoyer could beat out Kellen Moore for 2nd team QB. I also don't think any QB in the draft could likely beat out K Moore in 2016 for the 2nd team QB. This is because Kellen Moore has several things going for him including 1) he knows the Dallas offense/playbook, 2) he has starting experience under the Dallas offense, 3) he has worked with S Linehan for two plus years and has S Linehan's confidence, 4) he has improved each year in the NFL and will be going into his fifth year, 5) he will likely improve/correct his deficiencies from 2015 (i.e. too many interceptions, not enough touchdown throws and not as accurate as he has been) since these are areas he has excelled at in the past. He had 142 touchdown throws and 28 interceptions in college which is close to a new NCAA record. He also had a 73% completion percent his last two years in college which is also close to a new NCAA record. With a few better plays in 2015 he could have won one game and possibly two. He is close to being a solid QB who could win some games if T Romo wasn't available. He should be riding high and confidently going into 2016. I wouldn't be surprised if he played as well or outplayed T Romo in preseason games.

  • Randy Martin

    Duh…totally spaced on Osweiler! That's not like me but perhaps it was a senior moment!

    • Bryson Treece

      haha Yeah, kind of old news now, ain't it?

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Dak Prescott Ranked as Third Least Consistent QB in NFL

Mauricio Rodriguez



Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott?

Last season could've gone a lot better for Dak Prescott. After a remarkable rookie season, he wasn't able to meet the very high expectations put on him after leading the Dallas Cowboys to the #1 seed in the NFC in 2016.

Inevitably, the "sophomore slump" managed to get to Dak, even though the numbers make it seem worse than it really was. From his 13 interceptions in 2017, not even half can be completely blamed on him. However, even though he made improvements in his game, it's fair to admit that there was indeed, a slump in his second year in the NFL.

Earlier this week, published an article listing the most and the least consistent quarterbacks in the league last season. The way the list works is measuring "their average 2017 swing in week-to-week passer rating." In the list, Dak Prescott is listed as the third least consistent QB in the league, with only Cam Newton and Derek Carr behind him.

Just like the Dallas Cowboys' had a roller coaster for a season, constantly shifting between winning and losing, Dak Prescott also struggled at remaining consistent. It makes a ton of sense, of course, for the Cowboys' 9-7 season had a lot of swings throughout the year.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Ashley Landis / The Dallas Morning News)

At times, the team was missing its most important defender in Sean Lee. At others, Tyron Smith and/or Ezekiel Elliott weren't on the field either. This is not an attempt to excuse Dak, for he is partly at fault here, as is the entire team.

From week 10 to 12, Dak failed to throw for a touchdown but ended up throwing five interceptions. Later in the season, failing once again to get a TD pass in two straight weeks, he threw for two interceptions at Oakland then another two when hosting the Seahawks in Dallas.

In a season that will likely determine his future with the Dallas Cowboys, Dak needs to find a way to be more consistent week after week regardless of circumstance. Hopefully, with an improved offensive line and with Ezekiel Elliott leaving every suspension drama behind him, his offense will put him in position to have his best year yet.

In 2016 and in 2017, his Total Quarterback Rating has been in the top 4 among all quarterbacks, per ESPN. Now, this is not a stat that tells the whole story, but it does give you an idea of each quarterback's play. In a run-first offense and with a safe passer like Dak, I'm sure consistency will not be hard to deal with for the young QB next season.

As long as he takes advantage of the new set of targets he'll have at his disposal and his offense's powerful running back with recently-signed draftee Connor Williams, this offense will look a lot more like the one we saw in 2016.

We know Dak Prescott has a lot to prove. He has to make longer throws, throw more aggressively to get his receivers open, and more. But consistency is just as important. In order to be continuously successful and to be a contender year after year, you need that in your signal-caller. Even if key players on the team are down, he needs to be able to shine. It's a sixteen-game season, after all.

It's time for Dak to prove he can handle that.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

Sean Martin



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(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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Dallas Cowboys Most Important Backups Entering Training Camp

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Most Important Backups Entering Training Camp
(Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

In less than two weeks, the Dallas Cowboys will be practicing in Oxnard, their final training camp tune up before the preseason and roster cuts. If last year is any indication, the Cowboys trim down to 53 players from 90 will be eventful as always. However, it was ultimately the depth of this final roster that failed the Cowboys in a 9-7 season falling short of the playoffs.

The loss of Ezekiel Elliott to suspension and Tyron Smith, Jonathan Cooper, and Sean Lee to injury was all too much for the Cowboys to overcome. Starting his career with a playoff appearance at 13-3, Quarterback Dak Prescott now enters a crucial third year, though he can only hope the team's free agent signings and rookies can help patch these holes.

Before the pads come on at training camp, here is a look at a few of the most important depth players the Cowboys have for 2018.

Offensive Tackle Cam Fleming

The Cowboys spent the 50th overall pick at this year's draft on their future Left Guard Connor Williams, making their signing of Cam Fleming more important. Should Williams grab hold of the starting spot left by Jonathan Cooper's departure, Fleming should serve as the Cowboys primary backup to Left Tackle Tyron Smith.

Joined only by Chaz Green and Kadeem Edwards on the depth chart at tackle, Fleming's experience should win out over the rest of the field. Also signing Guard Marcus Martin this offseason, it's clear the Cowboys want to avoid their offensive line breakdown from a year ago.

Cam Fleming needs to be in position to help the Cowboys do just that, unless Smith plays a full 16 games for the first time since 2015.

Tavon Austin, the Cowboys Best Playmaker Not Named Ezekiel Elliott?

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Tavon Austin

Wide Receiver/Running Back Tavon Austin

Whatever role Tavon Austin finds in the Cowboys offense, this is a play maker the Cowboys will have to get the ball to in a variety of ways. Expected to partially take the load off of Ezekiel Elliott as a running back while also being targeted in the passing game, Austin could very well influence the team's roster decisions at both RB and WR.

Two uncertain positions when it comes to depth, Austin's presence could mean bad news for Running Backs Darius Jackson and Bo Scarbrough, or Wide Receivers Lance Lenoir, KD Cannon, and Noah Brown.

We're still a long way off from knowing if a decision like this will be the right one for the Cowboys, but with so much uncertainty on offense entering 2018, Tavon Austin's importance could grow by the day in Oxnard.

Linebacker Justin March-Lillard

Needing to address the linebacker position heavily this offseason, the Cowboys locked in on Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch with their first round pick and selected him at 19th overall. With the 193rd overall pick, the Cowboys also added Indiana Linebacker Chris Covington.

Expected starters Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and Vander Esch will still need quality depth behind them to play to their strengths this season.

A healthy Lee is locked in as this team's starting WILL linebacker, but the Cowboys are expected to test both Vander Esch and Smith at the MIKE position.

"The loser of this battle" moving to SAM linebacker is not so simple, especially considering other athletic options the Cowboys have for this strong side role. Along with Damien Wilson, the Cowboys have also seen strides from Justin March-Lillard.

Capable of contributing on special teams and providing important snaps in Rod Marinelli's defense, March-Lillard should be a hard player for the Cowboys to leave off their final roster. If he survives to the final 53, expect him to also be active on game days in support of the Cowboys LBs.

Quarterback Cooper Rush

What exactly do the Cowboys have in second-year Quarterback Cooper Rush, an undrafted sensation out of Central Michigan? Showing the potential to be Dak Prescott's primary backup or an enticing trade piece to QB-needy teams as a rookie, Rush is now joined by a new rookie on the depth chart.

Drafting Mike White in the fifth round, the Cowboys have plenty of skill at quarterback this season. The scope of this list is not to cover how well the Cowboys are prepared to play without Prescott.

Playing with two quarterbacks or three on the roster will be a looming decision for the Cowboys though. Either Rush or White could prove they deserve the second and last QB spot, with Rush's progress from last year challenged by White's accuracy.

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Of course, more Cowboys backups will emerge as ones to keep an eye on, once the Cowboys are back on the field. With several coaches and 'big name' players potentially needing this season to reach the playoffs for the Cowboys, a second straight season of depleted depth won't cut it.

Such is the nature of the Cowboys roster cuts, with the final 53 man roster set on September 1st.

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