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How The Dallas Cowboys Completely Lucked Into Their Backup Quarterback

RJ Ochoa



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There's a word I've been using a lot this offseason pertaining to the 2016 Dallas Cowboys - arrogant.

The thing about arrogance is, if it's justified, it's not necessarily stupid. It's just pompous. The Dallas Cowboys have -- through one preseason game -- somewhat justified some of their offseason arrogance.

In 2015, Tony Romo had more collarbone breaks than the Cowboys did wins without him. Putting things nicely... that's pathetic. Dallas paraded the clumsiest, least coordinated, and most inaccurate people that have ever thrown a pigskin through the quarterback position last year, and do you know what lesson they learned from that?

Do it again.

Lesson Not Learned, Oh Well!

The Cowboys saw Kellen Moore's inability to win a game as the Cowboys QB and said, "Well golly, I bet he could do it in 2016... even though he's never done it before and nothing suggests he can... This makes sense... America's Team!" and we were all left stunned.

Imagine that you and I went out for a boat ride (I'll bring some fun music don't worry... hope you like the Cast of Glee) and the boat sank. That would really suck. It'd be a horrible experience. Now imagine one year later I asked you to come out again... and I had done nothing to fix the boat.

That'd be pretty stupid, right?

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Kellen Moore's injury, while unfortunate for him, could have very well changed the future of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys boarded the "S.S. Minnow Moore" when they headed out to Training Camp, intent on scribbling his name underneath Tony Romo's on their depth chart. When Kellen suffered an injury that will likely cost him his season, Dallas turned to their 4th Round Draft Pick - Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

Thanks to Dak's great play (let's remember it is a preseason game, so we don't get carried away) in Sunday's preseason-opening loss, it looks like the Cowboys might have potentially struck gold. Weird.

Yes, assuming Dak's career will display some of what we saw this past Sunday, the Cowboys might have found Tony Romo's heir... but they did it totally, completely, and absolutely indisputably on accident.

The Road To Dak Prescott

Obviously the lone survivor from 2015's quarterback fiasco was Kellen Moore. He was the first option for the Dallas Cowboys to back up Tony Romo in 2016. Seriously. People sat down in a room, suggested this, and then agreed that it was a good idea. This really happened.

It should be noted that the Cowboys did learn a teeny bit from 2015. They potentially wanted Jared Goff or Carson Wentz with the 4th Overall Pick, but thanks to some pre-Draft trades, those options were taken away from them.

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It's only been one preseason game, but Dak Prescott has the Dallas Cowboys feeling like the future of the quarterback position is in good hands.

Never fear! Jerry Jones is here! The Owner, President, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys then set his sights on the consensus third-ranked quarterback in the available crop - Paxton Lynch.

After being unable to swing a trade to land a Star on Lynch's helmet, Jones & Co. decided to look elsewhere for a potential quarterback puppy; the 4th Round.

It was well-known the Cowboys were about to take Michigan State's Connor Cook with the 101st pick, until the Oakland Raiders bailed them out. Ultimately, the Cowboys took Dak at #135, making Prescott the eighth quarterback selected and -- seemingly -- the perfect one for us.

Better Lucky Than Good

The Cowboys "Luck'd" into the 2016 season when Lucky Whitehead took the opening kickoff to the house for a touchdown against the Rams. Where the Cowboys really got lucky was that everything they tried to do in terms of quarterback planning went awry and that it all led to a young man by the name of Dak Prescott.

Dak Prescott has us all excited. We'll see if he really is worth the hype.  But for now? He's our #QuarterDAK.

What do you make of Dak Prescott's road to the Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • txpatriot

    FYI: I think the word you want is “awry” not “array”.

    • Bryson Treece

      … so true. Fixed. Thanks!

  • George Johnson

    RJ Ocha: Keep up the K Moore bashing if it makes you feel good, but you are wrong. K Moore was given a chance to be the 2nd team QB in 2016 because of his performance in 2015 and previous body of work. S Linehan who is a QB expert and experienced NFL offensive coordinator said he could play in the NFL and be a good backup for T Romo. You and many others may not believe this but you also refuse to attack S Linehan publically as incompetent. I will take S Linehan at his word. S Linehan has also explained why he thinks K Moore can play and has said his arm is strong enough and he compensates for his arm not being the strongest in the NFL, with his accuracy, timing and uncanny anticipation. K Moore in 2015 did not win any games but did fairly well considering it was his first time playing against first team defenses and he had limited reps to get ready to play. Before criticizing K Moore for his first two and one half games, compare him to any starter in the NFL, their first two or three games. I bet he did pretty well with this comparison. He moved the ball and did a lot of good things per S Linehan but also made too many mistakes. Based on K Moore’s previous body of work these deficiencies/mistakes seemed to be uncharacteristic for K Moore and I am confident the coaches and FO thought K Moore could improve on them with more experience/reps. He was made the 2nd team backup for good reasons. He would of also most likely done very well in the preseason Los Angeles game as Prescott did. Prescott was not getting a lot of pressure and made good decisions and had some easy throws mixed in with a few harder throws. He was composed/confident and very accurate, which are K Moore’s strengths. We will see how Prescott does in future preseason games with a lot more pressure and better defenses.

    • Bryson Treece

      It’s not that anyone thinks Scott Linehan is incompetent because he supports Kellen Moore, as you have mentioned. But as the team’s Offensive Coordinator, when speaking about an active player who is currently in good standing on a fairly classy team (drug suspensions and Greg Hardy hurt us a bit there), it’ll be a cold day in hell before he outwardly bashes one of his players. Whether justified or not, these coaches simply do not air negative opinions about their players. And that’s a great thing.

      But don’t be fooled. Linehan not saying that Kellen Moore can’t be an NFL quarterback does not mean he thinks he is the best man for the job, on the roster or not. His praise for Moore is not a put-down of Dak Prescott either.

      IF … big if … Prescott can continue to perform throughout preseason, then he will unseat Moore as the team’s #2 quarterback, and it will have almost nothing to do with positive or negative views of Moore.

      The big advantages Moore has over Prescott right now are experience and consistency. Give Prescott a little time and those advantages are called into question. But Prescott has to show that he can continue to make smart plays and remain in control, of himself and the game. We could debate how long he needs to do that before he closes in on Moore’s advantages, but I’d venture a guess that the Cowboys’ coaches are very willing to name Prescott the primary backup to Tony Romo if he performs well in preseason.

      Franchise quarterbacks are rare. They’re so rare that never has every NFL team had a legitimate franchise QB together in the same year. Backup quarterbacks are not so rare. There is competition for their job and personal feelings and attitudes play a part.

      But make no mistake, when push comes to shove, the most likable guy in the world will get benched in favor of upside, potential, and most of all, dollars-to-doughnuts performance; numbers, completions, percentages, yards, touchdowns.

      There are a lot of talented people on this offense. The #2 QB is going to come down to who can go out on the field and produce the biggest results with that talent. Jamiell Showers is a project player; I wouldn’t even say project quarterback with him, but overall player, so he’s not likely to get the nod, barring injuries to all of those ahead of him on the depth chart. At least for this year.

      Unfortunately, Kellen Moore is injured and must rely on previous performances to do his bidding. Cold, hard facts today — which could change each of the next three weeks — are that Kellen Moore hasn’t won anything more than Dak Prescott hasn’t won anything (Prescott has only had one opportunity, Kellen has had several). But keep in mind, Prescott had the team up 3 TDs when Showers came in the game. He did his job against the Rams.

      But there’s a lot of time left for Prescott to screw up and give your boy Kellen a shot to stand on precedence. I’m telling you now, though, If Prescott continues his play thus far throughout the preseason, I want Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, and Kellen Moore on the depth chart come Sept. 11. In that order.

  • George Johnson

    Bryson Treece: I agree with most of what you said. It has always been true that D Prescott has more upside potential than K Moore. They thought there was a chance he could replace T Romo some day when they drafted him. I don’t think they think K Moore is likely to replace T Romo some day because of his physical limitations. They do think K Moore could be a solid 2nd team QB and why he was the designated 2nd team QB going into 2016 with the idea D Prescott would most likely need 2016 for learning/development/adjustment. Also, it is not just what S Linehan has said about K Moore but also the fact they were willing to go with him at 2nd team for 2016 after the disaster last year that says they have quite a bit of confidence in K Moore. I think what is most likely to happen is they are still likely to bring in another more veteran QB and not be ready to make D Prescott the 2nd team QB for 2016. I have said all along that if D Prescott can earn the 2nd team QB in 2016 he is not only a quick learner/developer but also has a high probability of being the next franchise QB. I wish him the best in the rest of the preseason games.

    • Bryson Treece

      Garrett has this thing about veteran backup QBs that I just don’t get. I understand it, and agree with the merits of the argument, but I can’t let that overwhelm the basic logic that with age comes experience, and with age comes limited capability. Sure, the vet might throw smarter, but can he make the smart throw?

      I liked the Kellen Moore last year because of that. He’s young and still has the capability to play, and he’s got a lot of learning under his belt.

      Personally, I don’t want to see a more veteran QB brought in. Not from what I saw Saturday. I’m definitely looking for more of the same in two days, next week, and the week after that. It’s my hope they will give Dak every opportunity to play during preseason, ceasing the opportunity to really test him under the guise of primary backup rather than evaluating players for the sake of evaluating players.

      I want that because I think, in 2016, Romo, Prescott, and Moore is a solid lineup at QB. Moore, once he’s healthy, can be that vet presence they like so much, and Dak can be ready for some experience.

      Now, if Dak collapses in the remaining preseason games, this all changes. But I like what I saw of the man in LA, and I grant that performance could’ve just been luck. But the way he handled himself wasn’t luck, that was character and character goes a long way at a lead-heavy position like QB.

      I always liked Kellen Moore. I shouted at my TV for Garrett to put Moore in when Cassel sucked and I was glad when they signed him, because I knew what he was. But I’ve never been able to give him more credit than I think he deserves. He’s a good #2 in a league where great #2s go on to start somewhere (B. Osweiler for example, and a bit of a stretch on the great part).

      Anyway, as ALWAYS, thanks for reading and commenting.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

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It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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