Seems like just yesterday that Kellen Moore broke his right leg at training camp and the search was on for the new Dallas Cowboys backup QB. Now Tony Romo's hurt again and the celebrated new backup, rookie Dak Prescott, is expected to start.
So since it went so well the first time, let's look at potential backups again! Bryce Petty or Geno Smith should be available soon. Ditto for Mark Sanchez and Colin Kaepernick. And didn't Jerry Jones once say of Brandon Weeden, "You won't see a more gifted passer"? Here are the first five names that come to mind in Dallas.
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Once considered a long shot to make the team, Showers now sits No. 2 on the depth chart. The former UTEP passer, signed as an undrafted free agent last year, has showed flashes in the preseason (19 of 37, 227 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT) but hasn't played a snap in the regular season, and the Cowboys may want a more experienced backup for rookie Dak Prescott. Or they may be so happy with how their young QBs are developing that they still won't make a move yet.
The Cowboys reached out to Cleveland about the 37-year-old backup earlier this month and might be willing to meet the Browns' price now. McCown, a Texas native, acknowledged he grew up a Cowboys fan and wears No. 12 in honor of Roger Staubach. And his modest preseason showing won't win him the Browns' starting job over RG3.
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Vick, 36, has been campaigning hard for one last NFL season and expressed interest in joining the Cowboys earlier this month. If Dallas wants an experienced backup without giving up a draft pick, then signing Vick might be the move. He could help mentor Dak Prescott, and you know Jerry Jones won't be afraid to pull the trigger if he thinks Vick could help the team.
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The 34-year-old went 1-6 last year as the Cowboys' backup before being benched for Moore. He was signed by Tennessee to back up Marcus Mariota this season, but the Cowboys probably could have him back if they wanted him. But then again, why would they? He knows the offense, but he was terrible in it. Ditto for Weeden, who's now in Houston.