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Quarterback Carousel: Mark Sanchez In, Jameill Showers Out

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Quarterback Carousel: Mark Sanchez In, Jameill Showers Out

The Dallas Cowboys signing veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez signaled one of two things  for me. Either the organization was going to continue to carry Jameill Showers as the third QB on the roster with Tony Romo headed for injured reserve, or Romo remains on the active roster and Showers is cut.

Well, as things stand right now #9 has avoided being placed on IR, but Showers has unfortunately been a casualty of the QB carousel.

Just because Showers was cut doesn't mean that the Dallas Cowboys don't want to bring him back as a member of the practice squad. I'm sure they would love for him to make it through the waiver wire so that they can re-sign him and keep him as a member of the team in 2016.

Of course, Showers first has to want to return to Dallas because there are 31 other teams around the league that could offer him a better opportunity to play.

In fact, I'm not the only one that thinks Jameill Showers has other options.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys would like to re-sign QB Jameill Showers to their practice squad if he clears waivers. He's getting some interest from other teams.

This really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. At best, Showers is the third QB on the depth chart right now, but could end up being the fourth or fifth once Tony Romo and Kellen Moore are healthy once again.

Not exactly the situation I would be looking for if I was wanting to earn more playing time. I bet Showers can play the numbers game just as well as I can. So, I wouldn't be holding my breath hoping the Cowboys will be able to re-sign him to the PS.

That means we will have Dak Prescott as the starting QB in 2016, with Mark Sanchez as the backup, at least as long as Tony Romo remains out.

Now, Prescott is still somewhat of an unknown at the NFL level. Yes, he performed well in the preseason, but the nature of the beast is entirely different once these games mean something in the win/loss column during the regular season.

The coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys will do everything in their power to help Prescott succeed, but the signing of Mark Sanchez also gives them some insurance just in case he struggles.


Personally, I really like the signing of Sanchez. I know some of you won't agree with me, but he is a veteran player that has had success in the NFL, albeit not enough to make some of you happy.

Here is a look at his accomplishments in the NFL as a starting QB.
Year Team GS Comp Att Comp % Yards TD Int
2009 New York Jets 15 196 364 53.8 2,444 12 20
2010 New York Jets 16 278 507 54.8 3,291 17 13
2011 New York Jets 16 308 543 56.7 3,474 26 18
2012 New York Jets 15 246 453 54.3 2,883 13 18
2013 New York Jets 0
2014 Philadelphia Eagles 8 198 309 64.1 2,418 14 11
2015 Philadelphia Eagles 2 59 91 64.8 616 4 4
TOTAL 72 1,285 2,267 56.7 15,126 86 84

I'll admit that these aren't exactly inspiring numbers, but Sanchez has shown in the past that he is at his best when he has a strong running game to rely on. That is definitely something that the Cowboys can offer in order to help him succeed if he ever has to take the field.

Ideally, this never happens because Dak Prescott continues to play at a high level, forcing Sanchez to watch from the sidelines.

Unfortunately, Sanchez probably isn't inspiring a lot of confidence in a lot of Cowboys fans. Personally, when I think of him the first thought that crosses my mind is the infamous "butt fumble".Cowboys Headlines - Quarterback Carousel: Mark Sanchez In, Jameill Showers Out 1

It's funny how one play can pretty much define your image as an NFL player.

Hopefully, Sanchez has put the "butt fumble" incident behind him (pun intended). He now has to accept the role of backup QB and get up to speed as soon as possible with the Cowboys offensive scheme in case he is called upon.

Getting Mark Sanchez up to speed will be a challenge for both Sanchez and the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. It will definitely take a lot of patience for both parties involved as well as a lot of studying.

Since the first regular-season game is now just less than a week away, I fully expect that they will have a designed package specifically for Sanchez in case he has to go in because of an injury to Prescott (heaven forbid).

In any case, this isn't ideally the way the Dallas Cowboys would have liked to start their 2016 season, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and play the hand that you are dealt.

Do you like the signing of Mark Sanchez?

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Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."


The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.


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