Dallas Cowboys

Former A&M/UTEP QB Jameill Showers makes practice squad because of his versatility

Jameill Showers (7) made the practice squad as a quarterback, but his versatility will serve him well during practice.
Jameill Showers (7) made the practice squad as a quarterback, but his versatility will serve him well during practice. AP

The Cowboys have four quarterbacks – two on the active roster and two on the practice squad. That’s still what they consider Jameill Showers to be, although he will do other things on the scout team.

“There’s a lot to like about Showers,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “He’s a really talented kid. He can do a lot of things, obviously to be able to play quarterback and also have the role that he had on special teams throughout training camp and the preseason. That’s impressive physically to be able to do that. Not many quarterbacks can do that and not many special teams guys can do the other thing.

“So he’s a big kid. He’s very athletic. He can throw the ball. He’s got a clean stroke. He’s an accurate passer, and then to say now you’re going to go run down on kickoff or going to be a personal protector, there’s a lot of versatility there that you like. Maybe more than anything else we like what he’s all about as a person. He’s a serious-minded kid. Football is important him, embraces every kind of opportunity we’ve given him and we feel like he can be a versatile guy for us both as a quarterback but also doing a lot of other things on the practice squad.”

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.

The Cowboys signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent and found a spot for him on special teams. He worked on the kickoff return team as an off returner and on the punt team as the personal protector.

In three preseason games at quarterback, Showers completed 15 of 32 passes for 125 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“I think you develop him as a quarterback, but then all the while we’re talking about the role of practice squad players,” Garrett said. “You’re going to see him play safety, linebacker, wide receiver, quarterback, might play running back. He could do a lot of different things at practice every day along with his special teams duties. So there’s a lot to like about him.”

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