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Cowboys pursue former rival quarterback en route to Week 3

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The Dallas Cowboys hosted a trio of quarterbacks for a Test on Sept. 21, 2022, according to the NFL transaction line. Case Cookus (Northern Arizona), Reid Sinnett (San Diego) and J’Mar Smith (Louisiana Tech) were among the players scrutinizing the Cowboys in Week 3.

Dallas is likely considering adding a quarterback to the team’s practice squad. Will Grier was on the team’s practice squad but was added to the active roster for Week 2 to serve as backup quarterback behind Cooper Rush while Dak Prescott continues to recover from thumb surgery.

Sinnett had multiple stints with the Eagles dating back to last October when Philadelphia requested the signal caller be waived. Philly fired Sinnett during the preseason but later re-signed the quarterback to the team’s practice squad. Sinnett was released by the Eagles days later and would at least be familiar with the system of one of Dallas’ rivals. The Cowboys meet the Eagles on October 16 and December 24 this season.

The quarterback signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2020 but failed to find a spot in a deep quarterback space that also included Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert. Sinnett also spent time with the Dolphins from 2020-2021. Prior to his release, Sinnett made three appearances for Philadelphia during the 2022 preseason, throwing for 254 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while completing 52% of his passes.

Sinnett is an impressive height at 6’4″ and 225 pounds, but the quarterback wasn’t drafted. Early in the draft, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein described Sinnett as a “pro-style quarterback with good size and ball feel.”

“Pro-style quarterback with good size and touch who needs to overcome a lack of experience and a massive step forward in the competition,” Zierlein explained in his pre-draft profile. “Sinnett is a intellectual player, but he lacks NFL arm strength and may need to play on a heavy offense that allows him to throw into space rather than narrower windows. He’ll take what the defense gives him and is pretty accurate when the pocket is clean. He’s not very mobile and will be ineffective with the NFL pressure on him. Sinnett has developmental traits and intelligence. He could be a candidate for the drill squad.”

Smith is also a fascinating player who has had an impressive career at Louisiana Tech. He threw for 9,523 yards, 51 touchdowns and 21 interceptions while completing 59.3% of his passes in his four seasons. The playmaking quarterback also added 856 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

Smith signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2020 but was released before training camp began. Most recently, Smith had a stellar season in the USFL for the Birmingham Stallions, during which the quarterback finished third in the league in both passing yards (1,573) and touchdowns (10).

Cookus had brief stints with the Giants, Broncos, Vikings and Raiders. Like Smith, Cookus also excelled in the USFL with 1,334 passing yards (second in the league) and 12 touchdowns (runner-up).

The Cowboys have scrapped the idea of ​​the team making a significant quarterback move in Prescott’s absence. It will be worth watching if any of the three quarterbacks end up on the Dallas practice team.

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