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Former A&M/UTEP QB Jameill Showers gets promotion to 53-player roster

Cowboys quarterback Jameill Showers (7) earned a promotion to the 53-player roster from the practice squad.
Cowboys quarterback Jameill Showers (7) earned a promotion to the 53-player roster from the practice squad. Star-Telegram

Former Texas A&M and UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers gets a shot on the 53-player roster this week.

The Cowboys added Showers, who has been working on the special teams units as well as serving as a scout team quarterback, and defensive tackle Casey Walker to the active roster from the practice squad.

During the preseason, Showers practiced on the kickoff return team as an off returner and on the punt team as the personal protector. It’s something he hadn’t done since the seventh grade, though he did double as a safety in high school.

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 Ryan 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.

Showers has spent the entire season on the Cowboys’ practice squad, with coaches praising him for his versatility.

The Cowboys placed quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Gavin Escobar on injured reserve, officially ending their seasons.

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