Dak Prescott is “the guy” in Dallas and that’s not going to change as long as he stays healthy. He’s the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and potentially one of the best quarterbacks in the game.
Of course, he’ll have to prove that again for the second season in a row, but so far so good for the Cowboys regarding their early returns on Prescott. For as good as he’s been, it’s easy to forget that he was a fourth round pick.
Every good plan needs a backup plan, though, so it makes sense for the Cowboys to enter the 2017 season with a clear backup in place, and they’ve finally named that player.
NBC in Dallas-Forth Worth is reporting that Kellen Moore will officially be Prescott’s backup this season.
This, despite the fact that Moore has been outplayed by rookie Cooper Rush this preseason. In fact, what makes this decision even more surprising by Dallas is the fact that the Cowboys actually just released Moore. Here’s Patrik Walker of 247Sports explaining the situation:
The team had finally shown signs of at least entertaining placing Rush at QB2 — as evidenced in their final preseason battle against the Oakland Raiders — followed by releasing Moore in their final roster cutdown.
He’d ultimately clear waivers, as they expected, and was re-signed to the club on Tuesday. And now, he’s landed back where he started:
In the No. 2 position.
Moore, of course, was a superstar college football player, throwing for over 14,000 yards and 142 touchdowns in four years at Boise State.
He has been in the NFL since 2012 after being picked up by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent, but his college talent has never translated to the big leagues. It’s possible, and likely at this point, that he was simply a “system quarterback” for the Broncos, but he could get a chance to prove his naysayers wrong if Prescott does get hurt — but that would be a worst case scenario for Dallas.