At this point, it’s not so much that Dallas Cowboys primary backup quarterback Kellen Moore is playing badly. It’s the fact undrafted rookie quarterback Cooper Rush is playing so well. And Moore, in comparison, doesn’t compare.
Let’s not forget, Moore came to the Cowboys after three seasons with the Detroit Lions, in which he never recorded a single regular season snap. In fact, the former Boise State star had to come to Dallas to see his first real NFL action.
In three games for the Cowboys back in 2015, Moore threw for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He currently boasts a completion percentage of 58.7. Ouch.
But many fans, including myself, were ready to sing Moore’s praises after he put up 435 yards and three scores against the Washington Redskins in Week 17 of that year. Of course, the Cowboys lost that game 34-12 and the inexperienced fourth-year quarterback also threw two picks and was sacked four times in the same game.
Fast forward to present day, and Moore is once again earmarked to be the primary backup quarterback for the Cowboys. This time to Prescott and not Romo. But through three preseason games, the 28-year old has looked progressively worse.
After a decent 12 of 17, 182 yard, one touchdown, one interception performance in the Hall of Fame game, Moore completed just 8 of his 17 passes for a lowly 69 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. And this Saturday, he went 10 for 21, recording 131 yards against the Colts.
In comparison, Rush has thrown for 283 yards and four touchdowns while completing nearly 69% of his passes. Watching these exhibitions, it’s clear the undrafted rookie is playing better. Whether that allows Rush to leapfrog Moore on the depth chart is anyone’s guess.
Still, the point remains. It’s been a disappointing start for Kellen Moore.