The Dallas Cowboys’ schedule is more favorable than it was last year thanks to a tough season when a Tony Romo injury caused the Cowboys to rely on their backups almost for the entire season. Despite those struggles, Dallas chose not to bother getting a better backup, and that may come back to hurt them in the 2016 NFL season.
According to the team’s official website, Jerry Jones said that backup quarterback Kellen Moore’s injury will keep him out for a few months. The Cowboys now have to find a new backup for Tony Romo as insurance against his chronically bad back.
The Dallas Cowboys scheduled Kellen Moore’s surgery for today after Moore broke his right leg on what was scheduled to be his second-to-last snap of the Tuesday practice. Defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye pushed offensive guard Jared Smith back, and he stepped on Kellen’s right ankle.
In 2015, Tony Romo went down to injury in only the second game of the NFL season. He returned in November but was injured after only two more games. Matt Cassel, who the Cowboys brought in to be Romo’s backup, failed to win a game, and the team then turned to Moore to finish off the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule.
Kellen Moore leaving the field with trainers. pic.twitter.com/AAyvXENWBX
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 3, 2016
Kellen Moore finished the season playing in three games while throwing for 779 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. It wasn’t a great performance, but Dallas saw something in Moore that convinced them not to draft a big-name quarterback or sign a quality free agent in the off-season.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the Cowboys are looking at former Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles as Tony Romo’s backup. However, Foles is just one of the many options that the Cowboys have in front of them, despite none of them being really optimistic options.
Last week, Jerry Jones said that Nick Foles was not an option as a backup, but that might change with Kellen Moore down and out for a few months. While the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule is lighter than it was last year, the team still needs someone talented to step up if another Tony Romo injury takes him out of play.
With Kellen Moore down, Dak Prescott aims to show Cowboys he's ready https://t.co/eXtzvgVfse
— ESPNDallas (@ESPNDallas) August 3, 2016
Right now, 2016 NFL Draft fourth round pick Dak Prescott from Mississippi State or undrafted free agent Jameill Showers of UTEP are the only choices in camp to replace the Dallas Cowboys injured quarterback. Prescott is who most people will be watching as the quarterback competition heats up.
Dallas got to know Prescott at the Senior Bowl and coached against him. They liked him then, and they grew even more enamored with him during the NFL Combine. He holds the Mississippi State record with 9,376 passing yards and 80 touchdown passes. He also can run and had 40 rushing touchdowns in his college career. The problem is that he played in a spread offense there, and Dallas runs a more traditional NFL-style offense.
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Two people who like what Dak Prescott brings to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback position are Tony Romo and Jason Witten. Romo told ESPN that Prescott is ready to step up and take on a bigger role in the offense.
“His demeanor, his intelligence, he’s a smart kid. He picks things up quickly. And for rookies, that’s not always the easiest thing. So, I think that’s been as impressive as anything, his ability to pick it up and then go do it.”
If the Dallas Cowboys schedule interviews with free agent quarterbacks, they have names like Matt Moore, Nick Foles, T.J. Yats, and more to choose from. They could also trade for names like Josh McCown or Mike Glennon. Whoever they find, they need someone who can win games or they will falter again if Tony Romo goes down to injury this season.
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