Kellen Moore was released by the Cowboys on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Moore was never a serious candidate to take over the starting job in Dallas when Tony Romo (collarbone) went down in September and Tuesday's removal from the team confirms this notion. The former Boise State standout is still looking for his first NFL appearance, and now he's in search of another backup quarterback job somewhere in the league, although there's no guarantee he'll be able to catch on elsewhere.
After putting a number of signal-callers through a tryout Tuesday -- namely, Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn, Josh Johnson, and McLeod Bethel-Thompson -- the Cowboys have opted to promote the in-house candidate. Expect Moore to compete with newcomer Matt Cassel for the backup QB gig to Brandon Weeden, which could provide Moore's first NFL snap during Tony Romo's (shoulder) extended stay on the sideline.
Former Lions backup quarterback
Moore was with Detroit since signing with the organization as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Fauria was a third-year player out of UCLA, while Moore was entering his fourth season our of Boise State.
After signing a two-year deal to remain with the
“It’s a good place, a good situation,” Moore said in a telephone interview from Boise, where he is spending the offseason with his wife, Julie, and their young child.
“Ideally, the hope was to be able to go back, as long as there was a little plan in place. I feel like it’s a good situation to go back to. I didn’t have to deal with all the variables.”
Head coach Jim Caldwell likes what he sees in Moore.
“They all have a chance,” Caldwell said at the recent NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s got some qualities that you really like.”
“It’s nice that they see some value in you,” Moore said. “As a backup quarterback, you’re not seen on the field, other than a few August games. But hopefully, you still have an impact on the team – with the other players, helping in the film room.
“We enjoy Detroit – stuff that’s not football related. Obviously, in the football side of it we have a good room. Matthew’s obviously a tremendous quarterback. Dan’s been awesome. It’s awesome that we’re all set to come back.”
Although Moore would like to see the playing field, he recognizes that the team has its starter in Matthew Stafford.
“Obviously, at the end of the day all of us love playing the game of football. Only so many guys get to play. We’ve got good guys, and we’ve got a great starter in Matthew.
“You have to take advantage of opportunities, whether it’s preseason games or whatever.”
Moore has yet to throw a pass during a regular season game after being drafted by the team in 2012.
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