Kellen Moore will start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in Buffalo, a week after making his NFL debut in yesterday’s 19-16 loss to the New York Jets.
Moore went 15 of 25 for 158 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions after replacing Matt Cassel, and will be Dallas’ fourth starting quarterback this season. With the 4-10 Cowboys eliminated from the postseason, they will turn the reins over to the 26-year-old Moore to see what he can do.
“We felt like he did good things for us,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said on his Monday radio show. “Unfortunately, the turnovers he made weren’t good, but hopefully he’ll learn from the experiences and gives us a chance to move the ball and score some points up there.”
Moore signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent after a record-setting career at Boise State, but never took a snap in his three seasons with Detroit. The Cowboys signed him off the Lions’ practice squad this year, and he moved up to the No. 2 role behind Cassel after Brandon Weeden was released and Tony Romo re-injured his collarbone.
The Cowboys went 3-1 in Romo’s starts, even though he only finished two of them, but were a combined 1-9 when Weeden and Cassel started. Cassel saw the most work, playing in eight games and starting seven, but has completed just 58 percent of his passes and thrown seven interceptions against five touchdowns.
At 33, he doesn’t figure to play a key role going forward. Moore, 26, will get a chance to prove if he can be the No. 2 quarterback to the 35-year-old Romo in 2017.