Cowboys Writer believes Jameill Showers will outperform Dak Prescott

Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jameill Showers (7) prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jameill Showers (7) prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

One longtime Dallas Cowboys writer believes second-year quarterback Jameill Showers will outperform rookie Dak Prescott this offseason.

The biggest contributing factor to the Dallas Cowboys 4-12 collapse last season was the two collarbone injuries suffered by now 36-year old starting quarterback Tony Romo in 2015. Without a suitable back-up in place, the Cowboys managed to win just one contest when Romo did not start under center.

So, going into this offseason, finding the quarterback of the future was top priority for Dallas on many analyst and fan’s to-do lists. But after failed attempts in the draft to obtain rookie quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook, the Cowboys opted to wait until the latter half of the fourth round to address the position. And Dallas did so by selecting Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott with their compensatory selection, 135th overall.

Although Prescott is a talented athlete that garnered Heisman Trophy consideration at one point in his college career, he’s still consider a project under center in Dallas. Especially due to the fact that as the starter for the Bulldogs the past three seasons, Dak played in a spread offense.

And because Prescott is such a work-in-progress, one longtime Cowboys writer believes he will be outshined this offseason by an undrafted quarterback that spent most of last season on Dallas’ practice squad.

"“[Jameill Showers] looks bigger and stronger, but was rather sharp in his throws last weekend with the rookies,” wrote Nick Eatman on the team official website last week. “The Cowboys tried him at other spots last year for the scout team but they have officially moved him back to quarterback full-time. Maybe he’s destined for the practice squad again, but I’ll be shocked if this guy just goes away quietly. My gut is that he outperforms [Dak] Prescott, although it doesn’t mean much. In 2003, Clint Stoerner outperformed his competition for the No. 3 spot, but somehow the Cowboys decided to keep ol’ Tony Romo around.”"

Showers signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of UTEP last year. He famously backed-up quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M before transferring to the Miners in 2013.

In his two seasons in El Paso, Showers recorded 3,121 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a completion percentage of 56.1%. He also rushed for 507 yards and eight more scores.

In three preseason game appearances for the Cowboys last year, Showers completed 15 of his 32 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for a total of 37 yards on five attempts.

Showers was waived by the Cowboys during final cuts prior to the start of the regular season and was eventually added to their practice squad after making it through waivers. He spent most of the year on the scout team playing at safety before being called up late in the season to back-up quarterback Kellen Moore on the active roster.

The Cowboys have always prided themselves in creating competition at every position in the offseason. If Showers does outperform Prescott, the second-year player deserves to be placed ahead of the rookie on the depth chart. And the fact Jameill is willing to also play special teams gives the team an added incentive to have him on their active roster.

Unfortunately, Prescott’s draft status and upside likely makes him a much bigger threat to be swiped off the Cowboys practice squad by another team than Showers. The sophomore quarterback likely has a better chance making the 53-man roster beating out veteran back-up Kellen Moore than the Cowboys recent fourth round selection.

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