Cowboys take a chance on unknown quarterback: Can Matthew McKay make the roster?

The Dallas Cowboys opted not to select a quarterback in the 2023 NFL draft, but they are now taking a closer look at a developmental prospect in the form of former Elon standout Matthew McKay.

According to The Athletic’s Jon Machota, McKay has been invited to the team’s rookie minicamp, where he will have the opportunity to showcase his skills and possibly earn a training camp invite.

The move serves a practical purpose as the Cowboys did not have a rookie quarterback to throw to receivers during minicamp. However, owner Jerry Jones was open about his desire to add a rookie quarterback before the draft, and the team reportedly considered selecting former Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell in the fourth round.

Mike McCarthy expresses Cocence in existing QBs

Despite the team’s interest in adding a rookie signal-caller, head coach Mike McCarthy stated that it would be challenging for a rookie quarterback to make the final roster, especially considering the team already has three quarterbacks on the active roster, including Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, and Will Grier.

McCarthy did express his satisfaction with the progress that Grier has made, making it more difficult for McKay to secure a spot on the team.

McKay spent his first two collegiate seasons at NC State before transferring to Elon, where he completed 61% of his passes last season for 2,690 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also rushed for 458 yards and three touchdowns.

While he faces an uphill battle to make the Cowboys’ roster, it will be worth watching to see if the signal-caller can impress the coaching staff during minicamp and earn a chance to compete in training camp.