5 quarterbacks who could start for the Cowboys with Dak Prescott out

Cowboys, Will Grier. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) is introduced before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Cam Newton

There really isn’t much that Cam Newton hasn’t accomplished over the course of his NFL career. He’s been an All-Pro, an MVP, he won Rookie of the Year back in 2011, and even started  Super Bowl 50 for the Panthers.

He holds the NFL record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback and is second in career rushing yards. Newton has won 75 games over his 11-year career and thrown 194 touchdown passes. For years he was one of the league’s most exciting and electric players.

Admittedly, at 33 he’s definitely a far cry from the player who was honored as the league’s MVP in 2015, but he’s a free agent who can still make some dazzling plays.

He’s scored 17 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons and would certainly make the Cowboys’ offense far more dynamic than it otherwise would be under Grier or Rush. He can be a liability when it comes to his attitude and behavior, but the options at this point are obviously slim.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Yes, I am aware that Fitzpatrick is currently retired. But he wouldn’t be the most high-profile quarterback to unretire and return to the field this year. Could he bring some of his pattened “Fitzmagic” down to Dallas? Well, it’s worth calling and finding out.

Fitzpatrick would bring a veteran presence into the locker room and step into a situation that is all too familiar to him. He’s made a career out of stepping up when starting quarterbacks either need to be benched or get injured.

Simply put, this would be business as usual for him, and historically he’s done pretty solid business over the course of his 17-year career. His 147 regular season starts and 223 touchdowns are the most of anyone on this list and he’s shown time and time again he can give his team a legitimate chance. That’s exactly what you need from a backup quarterback filling in for multiple games.