Austin Appleby

Cowboys Claim Zac Dysert Off Waivers

Zac Dysert has not played in a regular-season NFL game despite being a 2013 draft pick, but the quarterback found another taker on Monday after the Cardinals waived him on Friday. The Cowboys submitted a successful claim and landed Dysert on waivers, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com tweets.

To make room on their 90-man roster, the Cowboys waived quarterback Austin Appleby.

This will be Dysert’s seventh NFL team. The former seventh-round Broncos pick most recently caught on with the Cardinals early in the 2016 season. He’d gone to camp with the Dolphins last year but landed in Arizona soon after. However, the equation changed in the desert after the Cardinals signed Blaine Gabbert in May to play behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Prior to Gabbert’s arrival in Arizona, Dysert signed an ERFA tender and was working out with the Cardinals during OTAs. In Dallas, the 27-year-old Dysert figures to have a path toward the No. 3 role. The team re-signed Kellen Moore to be Dak Prescott‘s backup. In Moore and Dysert, the Cowboys have two players with a combined nine years of NFL roster or practice squad time but only two career games — both from Moore in 2015.

Appleby was a UDFA out of Florida.

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Cowboys Sign 2 Quarterbacks

The Cowboys have added a host of undrafted free agents, including two quarterbacks. Here’s the full list plus some details on the team’s newest signal callers:

Appleby started out at Purdue but transferred to Florida for his final collegiate season. In 2016, he threw for ten touchdowns against seven interceptions with a 60.8% completion percentage in his nine games. It probably wasn’t as strong of a showing as he would have liked before shifting his focus to the NFL. Rush, meanwhile, started in all four seasons at Central Michigan and received high praise for his football IQ during the draft process.

Both players will compete for a spot behind Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore. It’s not clear whether the Cowboys want to carry three QBs on the roster, but it helps that the team did not select any QBs in the draft.

Jarwin will received a higher-than-average bonus of $15K, per Tom Pelissero of USA Today (on Twitter).