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Dustin Vaughan Should Be the Developmental QB for the Dallas Cowboys


Kyle Orton wants to retire and the Dallas Cowboys should let him do so. Don’t get me wrong… Orton is one of the best backups in the NFL, but he is getting paid a lot of money and the Cowboys could use that money to address their defense. The Cowboys signed first-round bust Brandon Weeden in free agency and this signing was a questionable one to many Cowboy fans, but Weeden maybe just needed a change of scenery. There is a player no one is talking and that is Dustin Vaughan, an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M University.

West Texas A&M is an unknown when it comes to college football, but they produced three quality players last year in Vaughan, Nathan Slaughter, and Ethan Westbrooks. Many quarterbacks have had crazy statistics in college, but the main reason why was because of the offense they played in and the competition that they were going up against. Regardless, Vaughan still threw for over 5,400 yards last and he also had 53 touchdowns.

The Cowboys have been good in recent years at finding quality undrafted free agents and Vaughan could be yet another one. Tony Romo was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois and he has gone on to become Dallas’ all-time passing yards and touchdowns leader. At 6’5″, 235 pounds, there is a lot to like with Vaughan’s size. The hard part about Vaughan’s transition to the NFL is that he will need to learn how to manage an NFL offense and he will need to improve his techniques in the pocket.

With Jason Garrett and Wade Wilson making their impacts felt in Dallas, Vaughan could learn from the former backup quarterbacks. Perhaps the quarterback getting the most buzz at training camp is Vaughan. There is no reason why Vaughan can’t be Dallas’ No. 3 quarterback behind Romo and Weeden. Time will tell if Vaughan’s production in college was inflated or not.

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  • william moyer

    I wish T.J Yates would get a look. Watched him in college. He has a lot of skill.

  • Old Frog

    How could Vaughn be the developmental QB? Look at his hands in the photo. His grip is only 8 7/8″.

    • Jim Ingram

      if you have not seen him play don`t judge him by pictures.

  • [email protected]

    He could be a good developmental QB for Dallas if Weeden can become a good #2 QB because everyone is calling him a bust in Cleveland where he had no protection or any weapons to go to. Dallas has the weapons and the pprotection for him to have success in Dallas. Nobody thought Romo would have success success in Dallas but he owns several records in Dallas.

    • Chad

      Weeden had 2 pro bowl linemen blocking for him and last year had one of the best WR/TE combos to work with.

  • Jim Ingram

    i watched Vaughan play all of his college career. This kid is a winner, he is very smart and he is hard nosed. He is low key which is a great plus and if the cowboys give him a year or so he will pay big time dividends.