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Brian Hoyer, Dallas Cowboys
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Brian Hoyer, QB – New England Patriots

The quarterback position behind starter Dak Prescott seems very much in the air heading into the team’s final preseason game this Sunday. Garrett Gilbert, who has started all of the team’s exhibitions in the preseason so far, was the early favorite for that primary backup role.

But Gilbert failed to throw a single touchdown in those three starts and has looked shaky in the pocket at times, often holding the ball far too long. Coming off a strong two-touchdown outing against the Houston Texans, Cooper Rush has taken first-string snaps in practice this week and was named the starter for the preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.

With another solid performance, Rush could very well be named the primary backup to Prescott entering the regular season. But despite being in his fifth season as a pro, the 27-year old passer out of Central Michigan has yet to start a single game in the NFL.

If the Cowboys remain unsettled about their backup quarterback position or simply want more experience backing up Prescott coming off a major ankle injury from last season, Brian Hoyer could be the answer.

Not many players have the experience Hoyer has as the 35-year old quarterback has played in a whopping 70 NFL games with 39 starts under his belt. If the Patriots decide to part ways with the veteran passer (which USA Today believes they might), Hoyer could add some valuable experience to a quarterback room in Dallas that has very little.