Dallas Cowboys still unsettled at back-up quarterback

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Seth Russell
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 16: Seth Russell /

Despite the presence of Kellen Moore and Zac Dysert, the Dallas Cowboys continue to search for more options at back-up quarterback going into training camp.

On one hand, the Dallas Cowboys seem very settled with veteran Kellen Moore cemented as the primary back-up quarterback to starter Dak Prescott. On the other, the team continues to churn free agency to try and find his replacement.

After not signing a veteran quarterback in free agency, the Cowboys elected not to draft one either. Instead the team signed two undrafted college quarterbacks, Cooper Rush and Austin Appleby, following April’s big offseason event.

Earlier this month, the Cowboys claimed quarterback Zac Dysert off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals, waiving Appleby in order to do so. A day later, Dallas worked out former New York Giants’ back-up quarterback Ryan Nassib, who later elected to sign with the New Orleans Saints.

And it appears the Cowboys aren’t done looking for a possible replacement for Moore. According to David Smoak of ESPN-Central Texas, former Baylor quarterback Seth Russell worked out for the Cowboys on Monday. Here’s what Russell told the Texas sports radio legend…

Russell recorded 4,230 passing yards, 49 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the past two seasons at Baylor. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-3, 220 pound quarterback prospect also posted a career-low 54.7 completion percentage his final year with the Bears.

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The 23-year old Russell also has injury concerns. Both his senior and junior years at Baylor were cut short by season-ending injuries: A broken bone in his neck in 2015. And a left ankle fracture in 2016.

Add that to the fact Russell was brought up using a simplified spread offensive scheme under head coach Art Briles and you have a major developmental project on your hands signing him. If the Cowboys do elect to bring in the former Baylor Bear, he’s likely a future practice squad player and no threat to Kellen Moore in Dallas.