Jameill Showers had a spot on the 53-player roster only a few hours before the Cowboys released him to make room for veteran Mark Sanchez. But the Cowboys like Showers enough that, after he cleared waivers Monday, they plan to re-sign the former Texas A&M and UTEP quarterback to the practice squad.
The team kept Showers name on his locker even after cutting him, hoping for a return.
“Jameill has really improved as a quarterback in his time here,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday morning. “A real tribute to him and how hard he’s worked at it. The biggest thing for a young quarterback is to play. You have to play in games, and that’s where you learn the most. He did a lot of good things over the course of the preseason with the snaps he got in games. Then, there’s certainly a lot of things he can learn from. But he’s a good football player. He’s a good person. It’s good to have him on your team for a lot of different reasons. He’s just young, and he’s developing as a player.”
Showers might have made the Cowboys think twice about waiving him had he put up better numbers in the fourth preseason game. He started and played the entire game against the Texans but went only 10-for-25 for 91 yards with a touchdown and a pick-six. He also lost a fumble.
The Cowboys signed Sanchez on Sunday after the Broncos released him. Sanchez will back up Dak Prescott, with Tony Romo sidelined with a compression fracture in his back.
“That position is so important and having a veteran guy, a veteran presence like Sanchez, I think will help our team going forward,” Garrett said.