Jameill Showers isn’t Ryan Tannehill. The former Texas A&M and UTEP quarterback isn’t switching positions, like Tannehill did for a season in College Station, but Showers has shown his athleticism and versatility on special teams.
“He’s a really good athlete,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He runs well. He’s strong. He’s aware. He’s smart. So he is certainly working at quarterback, but we’re also trying to give him opportunities to show that he could have a role on this team maybe somewhere else.”
Showers has practiced on the kickoff return team as an off returner and on the punt team as the personal protector. It’s something he hasn’t done since the seventh grade, though he did double as a safety in high school.
“[Special teams] coach [Rich] Bisaccia came up and asked if I’d be willing to play special teams,” Showers said. “I wasn’t getting too many reps in OTAs and things, and I am a rookie. Anything I can do to help the team.”
Showers completed 31-of-49 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns in two years at A&M, beaten out for the job by Johnny Manziel after Tannehill’s departure. In two seasons at UTEP, Showers completed 56.1 percent of his passes for 3,121 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
“We want to see him play quarterback,” Garrett said. “We like him as a quarterback. He has been someone who has kind of showed up in the drills, and we want to make sure we give these guys a complete chance to show what they’re all about.”
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