Even after a 2020 season full of backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, we still don’t know who’ll be behind Dak Prescott in the depth chart. Andy Dalton is with the Chicago Bears, and Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert didn’t do enough to secure the job last season. That’s why little by little, it’s starting to feel like Brett Hundley might be the favorite to earn the QB2 job in Dallas.
First of all, let’s talk about the current situation in the Cowboys. Despite being close to pulling off an upset against the then-undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, Gilbert’s play in 2020 was far from good.
He made some good plays throughout the game including some in which he was out of the pocket and on the run, but overall he was inaccurate and prone to mistakes. While he’s a legit candidate for the backup job, not bringing in competition would be a mistake from the Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys seem to agree, which is why they brought in Jeff Driskel for a visit last week. Of course, Driskel ended up signing with the Houston Texans for one year and $2.5M.
Now, the Cowboys have turned their attention to Brett Hundley. According to Michael Gehlken from the Dallas Morning News, Hundley is visiting with the Cowboys this Friday.
Jeff Driskel is signing with the Texans, a move that doesn’t impact the Cowboys’ plans at QB, sources said. Brett Hundley was on their shortlist before Driskel visited Dallas this month. Team since determined Hundley a better fit. He arrives in town Thursday for Friday visit.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) May 20, 2021
It’s not hard to connect the dots. After one of the best careers for a quarterback in UCLA history, Hundley’s career in the NFL began with Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers. During his time in Green Bay, while many questioned Hundley’s abilities, McCarthy continued to show support. “This kid has it,” McCarthy said in 2017.
Hundley has started nine games in his NFL career and has a 59% career completion percentage. For many, the biggest question mark regarding Hundley is his pocket presence and awareness. In college, he was once sacked 10 times in the same game.
Hundley is far from an ideal backup quarterback, but the Dallas Cowboys are running out of options. If he signs with Dallas, he’d likely be the instant front runner at QB2. At the very least, the Cowboys would be adding competition to a room of unproven players behind Dak.
With OTAs set to begin on May 25th, the Dallas Cowboys should make a decision soon. After Hundley’s visit, we should expect one of two decisions. 1) Roll with what you’ve got in Gilbert and DiNucci or 2) Sign Hundley.
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