Dallas Cowboys: Revisiting quarterback Ben DiNucci

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The Dallas Cowboys drafted Ben DiNucci with their seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and pretty quickly cemented himself as a fan favorite for… having a cool name? (We’re still trying to figure that one out) The former Pittsburgh Panther and James Madison Duke is officially in his second season in the NFL and after an uninspired performance in the Hall of Fame game, his leash on the active roster is getting progressively smaller and smaller.

If you ask many, they’re ready to start fresh with someone else.

Even after completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes for 89 yards and an interception, there were still two important takeaways from his game: he has very good arm strength and he can pick up yards on the ground. Sure there was a lot that wasn’t good, but those two traits alone will probably keep him on the team as a scout team quarterback.

But in, essentially, two games DiNucci has been an eyesore for most and hasn’t sniffed the greatness he showcased in his final season at JMU. I was surprisingly high on the Duke as were other notable Cowboys and draft analysts after watching his film and it was because the traits I pointed out previously were balanced with good touch and confidence that allowed him to make plays all over the field.

So what has changed within a matter of years? Why does he look incredibly broken?

Today we’ll revisit my previous evaluation of Ben DiNucci in an attempt to figure out where things have gone wrong.

This should be a fun one, especially considering I’m analyzing a piece of a player that I analyzed...

I outlined this piece much like my previous one for the sake of organization as you can probably see. So yeah…