Jameil Showers continues to catch my eye in these preseason games. Despite the poor offensive line play, he was able to sustain an 11 play, 72 yard drive for a touchdown. Something neither Weeden or Vaughn were able to accomplish.
Jameil Showers has taken full advantage of his limited reps and is making it very difficult for the coaching staff to cut him. Add in his ability to contribute on special teams, and I wont be surprised if he ends up on the 53 man roster. This kid hasn’t even played four full quarters of NFL football and in my humble opinion should be kept over Dustin Vaughn.
The Cowboys’ QB’s coach, Wade Wilson, sees an intelligent, athletic, football player with professional work ethic in Jameil Showers, despite his limited reps thus far.
â€œHe takes good notes, heâ€™s not afraid to ask questions and itâ€™s really hard to do that without doing it physically on the field,â€ said Wilson. â€œWhen the other guys are doing reps, weâ€™ll talk and heâ€™ll get some mental reps in. But itâ€™s tough. Heâ€™s been showing a great work ethic, the way he approaches things, the way he works in the weight room, all of those things show how he has a professional work ethic.â€
It’s that work ethic, combined with his love for the game that led to a close relationship with UTEP coach Sean Kugler, who believes his protÃ©gÃ© will make the most of any opportunity the NFL throws his way.
â€œThe best thing about him is his competitive nature,â€ said Kugler. â€œI do feel he can play at the next level. He loves football, he loves the entire process. Those types of guys are the ones that succeed in the NFL.â€
Jameil Showers wanted to be Steve McNair when he was a kid. Success in the NFL has been his dream since he played youth football. He has spent his entire career absorbing as much knowledge as he can. He understands the uphill battle he has to even make the 53 man roster, but he is willing to put in the work to get there.
â€œIâ€™m used to the pressure, of being in charge of the offense,â€ Showers said. â€œAll eyes are on you. If things go well, the quarterback is praised and if they donâ€™t, the quarterback is blamed. Thatâ€™s all the pressure on the quarterback.
â€œWhen I was little, I didnâ€™t like it that much, but sticking with it and with my dad pushing me, I really love it.â€
Jameil Showers is not only very athletic, with that comes a lot of versatility. He could play running back, or wide receiver as well. He has made a case for his ability to contribute on special teams too. He amassed two special teams tackles and one on the botched two point conversion Sunday vs the 49ers. I can never remember a time that an NFL QB logged 3 tackles in a game.
â€œThe coaching staff here is pretty patient, actually,â€ Showers said. â€œTheyâ€™re giving me a chance to learn and Iâ€™m getting a chance to play a little special teams. The door is open. Iâ€™m trying to take advantage of the opportunity. My dream was to make it to the NFL.â€
Take theÂ advantage he has too. I was very impressed with his awareness in the pocket. You can’t coach instincts and he has plenty of those. There were several plays that despite the pressure, (one time while a player had a hold of his legs) he was able to keep his eyes down the field and get rid of the ball before taking a sack. He not only has the poise necessary to succeed in the NFL, he has a Howitzer for an arm, excellent throwing motion, and above average mobility. There are certain times when a QB shouldn’t be charged with an interception. He put the ball right on the numbers and the defender ripped it right out of the receivers hands.
Geoff Swaim was pretty much invisible prior to Jameil Showers appearance in the game. Watching those two hook up reminded me of the old days when a young Romo and Witten were hooking up. Gavin Escobar better keep his eyes in the rear view mirror. He continues to blunder in these games. On one of the plays where Weeden actually made a decent throw, it was right in the bread basket and he dropped it. If you want to be a starter in the NFL you have to catch that pass. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Showers and Swaim. Maybe, just maybe, those two could develop in to the next generation Romo-Witten tandem.