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Jameill Showers Won’t Go Away Quietly

As fans, we love to read, watch, tweet, analyze, and do anything we can to get our hands on any possible information about the Dallas Cowboys. We stream the Cowboys’ war room on draft night, we travel to or watch training camp online, and we salivate over the insight which those close to the organization provide us about events as trivial as OTA’s. OTA’s are interesting to me. There are no pads, there is limited contact, and the main goal of the practice time is to keep everyone upright and healthy for when actual football is ready to be played. With all that being said, I refuse to believe any time the team is together and lining up as an offense or defense is meaningless.

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Cowboys Headlines - Jameill Showers Won't Go Away Quietly

As fans, we love to read, watch, tweet, analyze, and do anything we can to get our hands on any possible information about the Dallas Cowboys.

We stream the Cowboys' war room on draft night, we travel to or watch training camp online, and we salivate over the insight which those close to the organization provide us about events as trivial as OTA's.

OTA's are interesting to me.

There are no pads, there is limited contact, and the main goal of the practice time is to keep everyone upright and healthy for when actual football is ready to be played.

With all that being said, I refuse to believe any time the team is together and lining up as an offense or defense is meaningless.

Every day, every practice, every meeting, it all means something.

How much? Well, we will have to wait and see to get a real answer for that. But in the meantime, we can understand and evaluate what the Cowboys are doing as a team, and what each individual is showing the staff en route to position battles and training camp.

This elongated introduction brings me to my main point: Jameill Showers has a real chance as a Cowboy.

The questions surrounding the Cowboys quarterback position have been well documented. Outside of Tony Romo, we don't really know what we have in place. And to be quite honest, we don't know how much football our beloved Romo will be healthy enough to play in 2016 and beyond. Hopefully its every game, but we don't know that.

Considering both the end of the 2015 season and how the current roster is constructed, Kellen Moore would seem to be a shoo-in for the "QB2" job.

Moore saw limited time last year, relieving the horrendous Matt Cassel against the New York Jets, and starting the final two games of the season.

In his first start against Buffalo, Moore showed flashes of being able to move the ball effectively during the first quarter. But, after that first possession or so, the offense sputtered and resembled the awful offense we had seen for the previous Romo-less games.

He moved the ball well against the Washington Redskins, but there are of course questions about how serious that Redskins team was taking their useless week 17 matchup.

Regardless, owner and general manager Jerry Jones enlisted a certain level of trust in Moore when he announced that he would be the backup quarterback going into the offseason.

Jason Garrett has come out and said that while Moore is currently QB2, there is still a competition for the job between him, rookie Dak Prescott, and Jameill Showers. This may just be coach-speak, but after the last week of OTA's, I do believe there is some truth to this competition.

DallasCowboys.com insider Bryan Broaddus furthered the idea of this competition when he released his notes on the first couple days of OTA's. He sung the praises of Showers, going as far as to say he has been the second-best quarterback on the field.

Hearing some whispers from those in the know that through two days of OTAs – Jameill Showers has been the second-best quarterback on the field. In watching him during practice, I thought his accuracy and poise were outstanding in the opportunities he received.

Dallas Cowboys writer Jon Machota then went on to question the certainty of Moore's position on the team, stating that if offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wasn't on the staff, Moore wouldn't be on the roster.

This is all shaping up to seem like Showers has a real shot to not only make this team, but possibly fulfill the QB2 role in 2016.

Showers built up some trust and support within the organization last season, as he played anywhere and everywhere the coaches asked him to, even filling a Special Teams role when needed.

The Cowboys announced that Showers would be focusing on being a quarterback this offseason, and would be abandoning his "do it all" type of role. This came as a surprise to most, but Showers may be ready to prove that he can play some quarterback in this league.

Dan Turner on Twitter

Just wondering, am I allowed to keep the same Cowboys pet cat as I had last year (Jameill Showers), or do I have to find a rookie?

The problem for Showers is simply the numbers game of the depth chart.

Dak Prescott is going to have a spot on the team considering where he was drafted this year, and Kellen Moore has been in the system and has some real game experience. And, of course, Tony Romo is going to be on the roster come September.

The odds of the Cowboys carrying four quarterbacks are slim-to-none, which may make Showers the odd man out. But if he can continue to impress the way he has during OTA's come training camp and preseason games, he will have a real shot at making this roster.

I try to remain objective in all of my analysis, but I am definitely rooting for Jameill Showers to make a real push for the QB2 job this season.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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  • George Johnson

    Kevin Brady: I keep interpreting this type of article as someone not liking Kellen Moore and not believing he can be effective as the 2nd team QB. This article also seems to be a lot of wishful thinking. I have said that there is no way Showers or Prescott are going to beat out K Moore for the 2nd team QB position unless one of them is the next franchise or elite type QB and is a very quick learner. They would need to demonstrate skills/abilities similar to the level R Wilson did in his rookie season. They are still learning and developing and have limited experience in the Dallas offense or game situations. Showers has played in one preseason. K Moore on the other hand has been in the NFL for four years, has played for two teams, has played in four preseasons, has improved each year in the NFL, knows the Dallas offense/playbook well, has started in season games in the Dallas offense, and has worked with S Linehan for two plus years and has his confidence. Also, even though K Moore did not win any games in 2015 he actually played fairly well if you factor in it was his first time playing against first team defenses and he had limited reps to get ready. The Dallas coaches evidently think K Moore can get the job done and improve on his 2015 performances as they have made him the 2nd team QB going into 2016 and did not bring in a veteran to compete with him. Why don't you write an article about why the coaches have a certain level of confidence in Kellen Moore and why there is a slim chance Showers or Prescott could end up being the 2nd team QB? If Showers is doing well in OTAs that is fine to comment on that but don't conduct wishful thinking and very unlikely speculation which IMO is a put down of K Moore and his skills/abilities.

  • Ned F

    Saw the Broaddus OTA tape olf day 3. Moore looked just fine. Competition…no problem. Whoever gets the job needs to earn it, however Moore is the man to beat on several levels…eg experience, knowledge of the playbook. Biggest backup arm in the NFL…no, but I believe he more than compensates in his accuracy, ability to read defense and more. Not that I would want a Romo injury…but that aside I believe we're going to see the needed corrections (interceptions) and some really terrific stuff from # 17. A fan…yeah, I am, but aren't you a Showers fan? My reasoning is the OTA, camp and preseason that Moore will have unlike last year. If he doesn't do well given those opportunities, then sure…but I believe his qualities are going to come together and display the "it" factor the FO is talking about.

    • Kevin Brady

      I agree with you that Moore is currently the man to beat. He has some game experience and a year in the system. However, I still want to see want Showers or Prescott can bring to the table during the preseason before any decisions are made.

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

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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.

Tell us what you think about "Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges

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Player news this time of year is often not the good kind, and such is true of a new development with Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White. The second-year CB is facing aggravated assault charges for an incident last October.

According to the report, White displayed a legally owned firearm during a "road rage" incident.

Marquez,  a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys last season, has made his side of the story public. The following account was released by White to The Dothan Eagle, his hometown newspaper:

Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges

Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges 1

Naturally, we're in a wait-and-see situation as to how this case unfolds and impacts White's availability to the Cowboys in 2018. He is one of several players hoping to catch on at the bottom of the CB depth chart, having spent his rookie season on the practice squad.

This latest legal issue is especially unwelcome news after other Cowboys' recent problems. The team has seen David Irving get suspended four games for illegal substances and Terrance Williams' get arrested for public intoxication in the last two months.

Last year, Linebacker Damien Wilson was charged for aggravated assault in a somewhat similar situation to that of Marquez White. Those charges were eventually dropped.

What happens in White's case remains to be seen.



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Deadline for DeMarcus Lawrence Contract Extension Nearing

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NFL teams have until July 16 to work out a long-term extension with any players currently under the franchise tag, which means the Dallas Cowboys have about a week to work something out with Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence. If deals are not signed and approved by the league by 4 P.M. ET July 16, the sides cannot agree to new contracts until after the 2018 season ends.

Along with the Lawrence, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah, and Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner have franchise tags slapped on them. All of them would love the long-term security a contract extension would provide, but they are all going to have to wait and see what the upcoming week has in store for them.

So, what will the Dallas Cowboys decide to do with DeMarcus Lawrence? Can they come to terms on a long-term contract extension before the deadline on July 16?

Luckily for Lawrence, the Dallas Cowboys seem open about hearing what he believes his market value is. That doesn't mean he will get his asking price, but the talks have to begin somewhere.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Rumors are already circulating that Lawrence is seeking a five-year extension and wants to make more money than Danielle Hunter, who the Vikings just signed to a five-year $72 million contract. That's probably more money than the Cowboys have in mind at this time. They may prefer to wait and see if he can replicate what he accomplished in 2017.

Last season DeMarcus Lawrence turned into the "War Daddy" Owner Jerry Jones has been seeking for the defense. He accumulated a career-high 14.5 quarterback sacks and finally played an entire 16 game season. But, even that may not be worth the money he is rumored to be seeking right now.

Hunter's five-your $72 million contract extension is the going price right now for someone of Lawrence's caliber, but there are other players in line for a big payday as well. Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Jadeveon Clowney are all in the same boat as Lawrence. What kind of extensions they receive could change the going rate, which could cause some hesitance on the Cowboys part.

Fortunately, I kind of doubt DeMarcus Lawrence is going to complain much if he has to play the 2018 season under the franchise tag. He will make a little over $17 million for one year and has a chance to cash in big time if he can replicate what he did a season ago.

Would you sign DeMarcus Lawrence to an extension before the July 16 deadline?



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