Before the 2013 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys had to make a decision whether to keep Alex Tanney, who was an undrafted quarterback out of Monmouth that was turning heads throughout the preseason. Many thought keeping Tanney was smart because he would be able to learn from Tony Romo and Kyle Orton, but the Cowboys needed defensive help and they elected to cut Tanney. After not being claimed, Tanney made it on the practice squad, but it wasn’t long until the Cleveland Browns signed him.
Fast forward a year later and the Cowboys are facing an extremely similar situation with Dustin Vaughan. An undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M, Vaughan had 38 touchdowns and over 4,100 passing yards in 2013. Vaughan looks the part for an NFL quarterback at 6’5″, 220 pounds. Vaughan has a rocket for an arm and he is in perfect position to succeed. With Jason Garrett and Wade Wilson on the coaching staff and with Romo acting as a mentor, Vaughan could benefit a lot and he really could be the next Romo in the making. Both have strong arms, both had successful college careers, and both are undrafted players playing with the big boys.
It is most certainly a risky move with keeping a third quarterback, but there are concerns with the quarterbacks on this roster. Romo is 34 and he is coming off two major back surgeries. While Brandon Weeden has looked good in his time with the Cowboys, it should be noted that he is still unproven. It may cost the Cowboys cutting an extra defensive linemen, but there is something special with Vaughan and the Cowboys need to award him for his play by keeping him on the final 53-man roster.