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REPORT: Cowboys Considering Free Agent Jeff Driskel for Backup QB

The work of retooling the roster doesn't stop with the . continues and the are reportedly visiting with today. The 28-year-old passer has been with four teams since entering the league in 2016 as a 6th-round pick.

Driskel was drafted by the 49ers but didn't make final cuts. The Bengals claimed Driskel and worked with him for three seasons, then waived him at the start of 2019. Driskel spent that season with the Lions and then was with the Broncos for 2020.

Always in a backup capacity, Driskel has appeared in 15 games and started nine over his career thus far. He has a 58.6% completion percentage, 79.4 , and throw 13 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

While there's nothing noteworthy about his passing, Driskel brings exceptional athleticism as a quarterback. He was the fastest QB at the 2016 with a 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. That put him in the same company as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick in the NFL's signature speed test.

That speed has translated to 53 carries for 309 yards and three touchdowns in Driskel's NFL career thus far.

Jeff may be on the Cowboys' radar because of how he performed against them in 2019 while playing for Detroit. While the Lions ultimately lost that game, Driskel started and had one of the best days of his career with 209 passing yards and two touchdowns, plus 53 rushing yards and another score on the ground.

One of the best things that Driskel would bring to the Cowboys' QB room is real-game ; something sorely lacking in the current backup options. Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci only have one start each and Cooper Rush has none.

If Dallas does sign Driskel then we will likely see Rush get released. Dallas had to six players earlier this week to meet the NFL's maximum limit for 90-man rosters.

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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