Potential landing spot for Gardner Minshew No. 2 – Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys already have a starting quarterback in Dak Prescott. However, the two-time Pro Bowler missed a good chunk of the 2020 season with an ankle fracture. Then, he suffered a muscle strain in his right shoulder. Head coach Mike McCarthy said there’s a good chance won’t probably play in any preseason games.
When healthy, Prescott is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. However, the Cowboys likely want to err on the side of caution. The 2016 fourth-round pick signed a four-year contract worth $160 million this offseason and Dallas will likely see a return in their investment. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to rush his recovery and force him to play in Week 1 of the regular season if he isn’t fully healthy.
Adam Schefter of ESPN said during the broadcast of the Chiefs versus Cardinals Week 2 preseason game that Prescott is “not fully back. He may not be back all season long“. If that’s the cause, Dallas might not want to expose him to further injury. The problem is that they may not have anyone else to turn to. Ben DiNucci, Cooper Rush, and Garrett Gilbert are currently behind Prescott on the depth chart and none is an appealing option.
This is where Gardner Minshew could come in handy. If Prescott had to miss time, the former Cougar could step in for him and the dropoff in production wouldn’t be as steep. Also, the Cowboys wouldn’t have to worry about Prescott’s recovery timeline.