A lot can change in the course of a year.
For today’s Throwback Thursday we’re going to go back in time, exactly one year, and remember where exactly Dak Prescott sat in the Cowboys’ quarterback pecking order.
This is from Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
The biggest question mark on the Dallas Cowboys outside of defensive end is backup quarterback.
In some ways, it might be bigger.
The Cowboys lost 11 of 12 games last season without starter Tony Romo. They are 1-14 without Romo since 2011.
So how have they addressed it?
By putting all their trust in the slightly built, unproven and seemingly meek-armed Kellen Moore — that’s how.
The Cowboys looked at signing veteran Matt Moore in free agency, but he chose to remain with the Miami Dolphins.
They also attempted to trade up to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, but they were outmaneuvered by the Denver Broncos.
The Cowboys eventually took Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round, but he is more of a developmental prospect for the future.
The backup job is essentially Moore’s to lose.
It’s surreal, isn’t it? Just 12 months ago Prescott was an afterthought, even for the #2 quarterback position in Dallas. As Hill notes above, Dallas had settled on Kellen Moore only after striking out on Matt Moore and Paxton Lynch. What he doesn’t mention is that Dallas also attempted to draft Connor Cook, and had at one point eyed Nick Foles as Tony Romo’s backup.
Remember last week we spoke about it being better to be lucky than good? It took Moore deciding he liked the beaches of Miami too much, Denver deciding they’d spend the extra draft capital on Lynch, Oakland bizarrely prioritizing another young quarterback behind Derek Carr, Foles preferring the Chiefs over the Cowboys, and a scrap-heap guard stepping on Moore’s foot in a training camp practice before Prescott was even given an opportunity to be QB2.
A lot of plans had to fall through for Prescott to even be considered a fail-safe. What a fail-safe he turned out to be.