Boise State great Kellen Moore missed all of last season with a leg injury while rookie quarterback Dak Prescott took the NFL by storm for the Cowboys. Despite that, and the fact that Dallas has added a few new faces, Moore is expected to be Prescott’s backup in 2017.
Dallas offensive coordinator Scott Linehan spoke with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about Moore, with whom he worked in Detroit in 2012-13.
“He has been in my room for a lot of years,” Linehan said. “He knows the system. He is one of those guys who can function without a lot of reps. He is a great feel player. That is a great thing for backups. He works so hard mentally.
“He has such a good feel for the game physically. He doesn’t really need to have a huge amount of reps to be comfortable playing the position and executing plays.”
Prescott, the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, will see more work than usual in camp for a typical starting quarterback because he is still so young. Prescott entered last season’s training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Tony Romo and Moore, but with both veterans getting hurt, was thrust into starting.
The Cowboys have added undrafted rookie Cooper Rush, from Central Michigan, and free agent Zac Dysert, from Miami (Ohio), to the mix, but Moore is a good bit ahead to back up Prescott.
Moore, undrafted in 2012, has played in three NFL games, all in 2015. He was 61-of-104 passing for 779 yards, with four touchdowns and six interceptions. In his last start, he threw for 435 yards.
“In 2015, he had no background with our players,” Linehan said. “He had some bad plays. But to see him operate in that last game was big.”
Last month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Moore to be the No. 2 quarterback.
“Kellen Moore has shown the ‘it,’ he’s got the instincts, he’s got the anticipation, he knows what’s going on, he gives me and us a great feeling about basically improving,” Jones said.