After Dak Prescott broke his thumb in Week 1, the Dallas Cowboys have a serious problem at the quarterback position.
The seventh-year quarterback is expected out for 6-8 weeks following surgery on September 12. This means that Dallas has Cooper Rush or Will Grier as their options until he returns to full health.
The team could add a passer through free agency or trade. Dan Orlovsky, an ESPN analyst who was a former NFL quarterback, believes that the Cowboys should consider Tyler Huntley, a Baltimore Ravens quarterback.
“Trade for Tyler Huntley,” Orlovsky said on ESPN program Get Up. “If I was the Dallas Cowboys, that would be the phone call I would make. It would not be to San Francisco for Jimmy Garoppolo, I would call Baltimore and trade for Tyler Huntley.”
After being drafted from Utah in 2020’s NFL draft, Huntley is now in his third season. Huntley is in his third season in the NFL after being drafted out of Utah in the 2020 NFL draft.
Huntley was awarded a first-team All-Pac-12 award in 2019. He displayed his extraordinary athleticism at Utah and rushed for 3092 yards passing and 19 touchdowns. He was not drafted by any NFL team, so he went to Baltimore.
Jackson’s athletic profile makes Huntley a good backup, and Huntley was awarded a spot on the 2020 roster as a rookie because of his ability to play. He would soon be in the spotlight a year later.
Huntley was able to make his first NFL start after Jackson was hurt in the 2021 season. The Pro Football Reference demonstrates that they weren’t exactly lighting the world ablaze. The Ravens went 1-3 during this span.
Huntley completed 64.9% and accumulated 1081 yards passing in 2021. He threw three touchdowns and four interceptions. Huntley was responsible for 47 touches and 294 yards of rushing. He also scored two touchdowns.
Huntley would offer a different aspect than Prescott at quarterback, and it would interest to see how Cowboys offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore would use the current Ravens quarterback.
Orlovsky is a 12-year NFL veteran and played quarterback for many different NFL teams before he joined ESPN as an analyst.
Orlovsky is the best QB to work with the Cowboys strengths and against their weak points. Huntley’s speed and agility make Huntley a strong candidate, despite his offensive line struggles.
“If they don’t make a move, their season is over. But their upcoming schedule is not awful, this is not a division that is absolutely loaded nor a conference that is incredibly high-end. Tyler Huntley is a player who has proven to be a pretty good talent… The [Cowboys’] offensive line could not protect, he’s mobile enough to cover that up… If they [trade for Huntley,] they have a chance to save the season.”
The Week 1 opener saw the Buccaneers hitting Dallas’ QBs eight more times, while Tampa recorded four total sacks.