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Will Cowboys’ new Backup QB Andy Dalton see the Field in 2020?

How much playing time will Andy Dalton see in 2020?

It wasn’t that big of a surprise the Cincinnati Bengals decided to release Andy Dalton after they drafted former LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. What was a surprise though was what happened afterwards, Dalton signing with the Dallas Cowboys to become Dak Prescott’s backup.

Almost everybody believed Andy Dalton would head to a team where he could land another starting job. To sign with the Dallas Cowboys seemed to come out of nowhere, especially considering they were trying to lock up Dak Prescott long-term. Hardly anybody envisioned Dalton settling for a backup job, yet here we are.

There’s no way of knowing why Andy Dalton decided to return to his home state of Texas, but there’s no doubt the Dallas Cowboys are better for it. Having an established backup QB behind Prescott – something that hasn’t occurred since his rookie season – could prove to be invaluable. Invaluable or not though, he could have a hard time seeing the field much in 2020.

If Andy Dalton came to Dallas with the idea he would see much playing time he’s going to be disappointed. Dak Prescott hasn’t played less than 99% of the offensive snaps since his rookie season. His ability to remain healthy is uncanny, especially considering how physical he is as a runner. That doesn’t bode well for Dalton seeing much playing time.

Andy Dalton
Dallas Cowboys QB Andy.Dalton

That has to be something the former Cincinnati Bengals QB thought about before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. He had to know how healthy Prescott has been throughout his career and how little former backup QBs have played since No. 4 took over as the starter. So why? Why did Dalton sign with the Cowboys?

Since it’s just a one-year deal, Andy Dalton may just be looking for a chance to recharge. What better place to do it then close to friends and family in the great state of Texas where he was born and raised?

For the first time in his professional career Andy Dalton has little to no pressure on his shoulders now that he’s a backup. He can now just mentor from the sidelines without having to worry too much about all of the pressure that comes with being a starting QB in the NFL. That alone should help him recharge before decisions have to be made about his career beyond the 2020 season.

At just 33 years old, Andy Dalton’s days as a starting quarterback in the NFL may not be over just yet. But, for the 2020 season at least he will serve in a backup role with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s unlikely he will see much playing time, however, that could be the very reason he decided to sign with America’s Team.

Do you think Andy Dalton will see much playing time in 2020?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

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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  1. Yes! In few games vs. Skins, vs Bengals, vs. Giants as Prescott and co. scores 40 burgers and the defense holds them to under 20!

  2. I’m definitely very happy we have him one of the more underrated signings of the offseason. A quality back up QB can save a season if the starter goes down for a few games.

  3. I’m at Andy Dalton fan, have been for a number of years. I pray that he is able to play the Bengals in December. Actually they would be smart to let him play all the AFC North teams. He knows them very well.

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