3 quarterback options to compete against Cowboys backups

Quarterback Ben DiNucci #7 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Quarterback Ben DiNucci #7 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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Sean Mannion #4 of the Minnesota Vikings (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

123. . . . Sean Mannion. 1. player

Sean Mannion is a quarterback more in line with what the team is looking at acquiring. Someone who won’t make a big splash but has starting experience in the NFL looks like the team’s preference. Sean Mannion appears to be just shy of the credentials.

I took to his limited 2019 film as he did not have anything to work on within 2020. His film told me that he still has a very strong arm with more than enough zip to get where it needs to go. The six-foot-six, 230-pound quarterback certainly looks the part.

I like his movement skills within the pocket. His 2019 film consisted of facing a very good Chicago Bears defense and when they made him move off of his spot, he was more than capable of side-stepping then resetting to make the throw.

Mannion will never get confused with the running quarterbacks of this league but he certainly isn’t a statue out there. He has just enough running ability to buy himself time to make the needed throw.

Mannion has been in the league since 2015 but his two starts are probably the main reason Dallas has not yet worked him out. The former St Louis Rams third-round pick certainly has the tools but has only played in 13 games his entire career.

The 15 games played and two starts by GG, Red, and the Nooch combined are just slightly better so Mannion might not be that inexperienced. He served as Kirk Cousins backup for the past three years so there is at least another franchise that has had the confidence to keep him as their secondary signal-caller.

I believe Mannion struggles in the short to intermediate throws. His passes were either too high which would put the pass catcher in a bad position or thrown too hard. There was an out route to a fullback that had way too much zip on it and it appeared some offensive players on the sideline were mimicking the fastball. This sideline talk should bring up questions about his touch on shorter passes.

Mannion is clearly more comfortable throwing the ball downfield where he can show off his powerful arm.

He does seem to have touch and accuracy on the deep ball so it appears as if he is just a one-trick pony. Mannion had a beautiful pass on a hot route against Chicago and lofted a gorgeous ball for a 35 yard gain. That play shows me he is not afraid to stand in the pocket and get hit as he was immediately crushed by the defender after the throw.

Mannion is someone I would like the Dallas Cowboys to take a closer look at.