The Dallas Cowboys have decided to try out a few free-agent quarterbacks and wide receivers in order to shore up the roster and create a little more competition. The front office would like to carry an additional QB on the roster to so that the evaluations of young receivers such as Terrence Williams, Danny Coale, and Gavin Escobar do will not see problems due to a struggling quarterback. Bringing in an experienced signal caller is probably the best move the ‘boys could do to help this young Cowboys wanting to get on the final roster. The Cowboys also brought in 5 free agent wide receivers but today’s focus will be on the quarterback.
The Cowboys brought in 3 free agents: Alex Tanney, Kyle Padron, and Chase Clement for quarterbacks.
Alex Tanney is a 6’3”, 223 second year quarterback who got his start in the NFL by being signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. Tanney played at Division III Monmouth College where he threw for over 14,000 yards and had 157 touchdowns which made him the no. 1 for all divisions in NCAA history. During his final season at Monmouth, he completed 70% of his passes and had nearly 4,000 yards passing with 38 touchdowns.
After being released by the Chiefs, he had a tryout with the Buffalo Bills. Tanney is most remembered for having a YouTube video of a compilation of trick throws that put his name out there. Check out his video by clicking here.
The Cowboys also brought in Chase Clement. Clement is a product of Rice University. Clement most recently played in the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives under former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel. He led the Locomotives to consecutive championship games and was named the game’s MVP. At Rice, Clement took the Owls to their first bowl game in 45 years with a 10-win season. He set every school passing record and was named the conference MVP in 2008 when passed for 44 touchdowns, rushed for 12, and threw only 7 interceptions.
Kyle Padron transferred from Southern Methodist University in Dallas to Eastern Washington where he played for 1 season. In his 4 collegiate seasons, he played in 35 games. He completed 60.6% of his passes for 8,393 yards with 58 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He averaged 8.2 yards per pass with a best 9.6 in 2009 with SMU.
As far as the best fit for the Cowboys, that will be for quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson to decide. Personally, I like Chase Clement’s experience, would love to see Alex Tanney make it and prove all of the scouts that a small-school kid can make it in the NFL as a quarterback. Padron has impressive numbers but Tanney’s are a bit better of the three.