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Kellen Moore remains firmly in control of the backup job behind Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore, as the only backup with any experience, is the favorite to win the No. 2 job behind Tony Romo.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore, as the only backup with any experience, is the favorite to win the No. 2 job behind Tony Romo. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys continue to insist Kellen Moore is their backup quarterback. Do they have any other choice?

Jameill Showers and Dak Prescott are the only other quarterbacks on the roster behind Tony Romo. The list of available free agent quarterbacks isn’t enticing, headlined by Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tarvaris Jackson, T.J. Yates, Michael Vick and Charlie Whitehurst.

“We just feel like Kellen has earned the right to compete for the No. 2 spot, and that’s what he’s doing right now,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s done a nice job over the first couple days. There are a couple other quarterbacks with us. Jameill Showers is working at quarterback, as is Dak Prescott. So we want to make sure each of those guys gets a lot of work, and they’ll compete for their spots on the team and their roles on the team.”

Showers made the practice squad last season as a utility quarterback who also worked at other positions. The Cowboys promoted him to the 53-player roster for the final two games, but Showers was inactive for both games.

The Cowboys drafted Prescott in the fourth round as a developmental prospect.

“It’s a pretty big transition playing from a spread offense and not calling plays to digesting all this stuff, but it says a lot about the kid,” quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson conceded. “He’s a really hard worker and really dives into everything that he does.”

Dallas went 1-11 without Romo last season, starting three backups. Moore went 0-2 last season in his first two career starts.

The Cowboys window shopped at the start of free agency, showing interest in Colt McCoy and Chase Daniel. But they didn’t want to pay what other teams offered the backup quarterbacks.

McCoy re-signed with the Redskins, getting $9 million in a three-year deal, including $1.8 million to sign. Daniel signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Eagles, with $12 million guaranteed.

They brought Matt Moore to town for a visit, but Moore re-signed with the Dolphins for two years and $3.5 million.

So for now, Moore is competing with Showers and Prescott.

“I think, at the end of the day, you’re competing with yourself – the best version of yourself,” Garrett said. “You’re also competing with the standard that we have for that position. That’s what he’s doing, and he’s doing a nice job so far?” 

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