After the 2020 season, the Cowboys group needs to be keenly conscious of the worth of a backup quarterback. In fact, when your major QB and your backup QB each miss time with harm, it nearly appears like there may be nothing you are able to do. With Dak Prescott again and searching wholesome in OTAs, the hope is 2021 will probably be like all of his different seasons earlier than 2020, a full slate of video games with minimal harm points and no absences.
Nonetheless, that is the NFL and accidents include the territory. In case your major QB goes down for the 12 months, that is a matter that’s arduous to unravel, however what you may plan for is a state of affairs the place your major misses just a few video games. That’s the true worth of a backup QB; a man that may hold the ship afloat for just a few video games till QB1 returns.
Proper now, for the Cowboys, that backup QB seems to be Garrett Gilbert. Within the current OTAs, he was the man operating the present when the Cowboys held Prescott out of sure drills in a precautionary transfer.
Gilbert was signed in the course of final season after bouncing round with totally different groups and totally different leagues, and discovered himself thrust right into a starter’s function after simply three weeks with the workforce.
“You get used to some types of these issues – getting reps if you’re not used to it, like my time in Cleveland and even previous to that,” Gilbert mentioned. “However to be right here for 3 weeks and go begin a recreation, it’s undoubtedly up there so far as one of many crazier issues that I’ve handled.”
Loopy or not, Gilbert put up a very good account of himself in that recreation as he nearly led the Cowboys to a win over the then-undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. His stats weren’t loopy in that recreation, however his poise and tranquility had been spectacular for a man who had so little expertise beneath his belt.
In a quarterback room that features Prescott, Cooper Rush, and Ben DiNucci, Gilbert can actually lay declare to being the second-best quarterback. And that’s his objective proper now, to stay the first backup.
“Clearly, sure that’s my objective, is to win the No. 2 job right here,” Gilbert mentioned. “However once more, I feel the easiest way to go about that’s by simply worrying concerning the issues I can management – fear about having a very good follow, fear about getting my ft proper, fear concerning the issues which might be going to assist me get higher.”
The Cowboys and head coach Mike McCarthy have made it recognized that they could possibly be available in the market for a distinct quantity two. They beforehand introduced in Jeff Driskell for a go to, after which adopted that up with Brett Hundley. Driskell signed with the Texans, Hundley stays unsigned.
The QB free agent market is fairly slim proper now. Guys like Brett Hundley, Robert Griffin III, Nick Mullens and Matt Barkley can be found. The Cowboys may be ready till later within the offseason when a veteran QB or two could possibly be lower from different groups for varied causes. Or McCarthy may need determined Gilbert is his most suitable choice.
What’s your take, BTB? Ought to the Cowboys trip with Gilbert, or ought to they name in some assist?