Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Moore would re-sign with the team, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Jones' announcement comes just three days after the Cowboys cut him from their roster in what was presumably an indication that undrafted rookie Cooper Rush had captured the backup gig behind starter Kellen Moore. However, in addition to announcing that Moore would rejoin the Dallas roster, Jones said that the team hasn't decided whether Moore or Rush will serve as Prescott's understudy in the Week 1 clash with the Giants. The team's gameday inactive report should provide more clarity on that front.
Moore was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Moore entered training camp as the backup to Dak Prescott, but undrafted rookie Cooper Rush made an impressive push to usurp Moore from that No. 2 job.
Moore completed 10 of 21 passes for 131 yards and lost a fumble during Saturday's preseason game against the Colts. While offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has full trust in Moore's abilities as a backup QB dating back to their time together in Detroit, undrafted rookie Cooper Rush has badly outplayed the veteran so far in the preseason, showing more arm strength and touch on his passes, and looking like a much better option should anything happen to Dak Prescott. With the Cowboys already having a roster crunch on the 53-man roster due to the number of suspended players they'll have to juggle early in the year, it's unlikely they'll be able to keep three QBs, so their decision may come down to Linehan's comfort level with Moore's floor versus Rush's clear upside -- and in the NFL, upside almost always wins.
Moore re-signed with the Cowboys on Monday. Moore returns to Dallas after spending all of last season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered in August. Now fully recovered from that fracture, Moore is currently positioned as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback, but with Tony Romo sure to leave the team at some juncture, Moore could compete for Dallas' second-string job behind Dak Prescott during training camp.
Moore (lower leg) is fully recovered from the season-ending leg fracture he suffered last summer, KTVB.com reports. "I'm 100 percent now. It's been good. For the last month or two I've been healthy. I've been able to start doing everything as usual," he elaborated. Moore broke his ankle last August and spent the entire season on injured reserve. However, he appears to have been healthy for a while now and should be fully prepared to hit free agency at the end of the league year in March. The Cowboys like what they have in the Boise State product, so with Mark Sanchez an unrestricted free agent as well and Tony Romo (back) destined for a trade or release, Moore likely possesses the greatest odds of returning as Dak Prescott's backup in 2017.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|5||10/08||Green Bay Packers||9||13.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||15||16.50|
|9||11/05||Kansas City Chiefs||23||19.50|
|12||11/23||Los Angeles Chargers||24||19.50|
|14||12/10||@New York Giants||16||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||57.1||260||1||2||-0||0||14|