The Cowboys have moved on from Dustin Vaughan, adding former Lions quarterback Kellen Moore instead.
Moore took a spot on the Cowboys’ practice squad. He joins Jameill Showers, who was the Cowboys’ No. 4 quarterback in training camp.
“Kellen is just a really good football player and has been, really throughout his whole life,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I think he had 53 starts in college, and he won 50 of them. He’s just a very, very productive player. He knows how to win, knows how to play. Obviously, Scott was with him in Detroit and had a great experience there with him. He’s someone he’s been very fond of, and we’ve been fond of since he came out of school. He’s obviously not the biggest, the strongest, the fastest, the greatest arm – all of those things that some people get enamored with – but he’s a good football player at a really important position.”
The Cowboys kept only two quarterbacks -- Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden – on their 53-player roster.
Moore signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Lions in 2012 when Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan served as the offensive coordinator in Detroit.
Moore never appeared in a game in his three seasons with the Lions, and the team chose to keep only two quarterbacks on final cuts. They had hoped to bring back Moore to their practice squad, but he chose to follow Linehan to the Cowboys.
Moore received a $340,000 signing bonus as part of a two-year extension he signed with the Lions in March. He went 29 of 47 for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception this preseason.
In four seasons at Boise State, Moore was 50-3 as a starter, throwing 142 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.