The team on Thursday announced the signing of QB Clayton Thorson to a reserve/futures contract, officially putting him on the 90-man offseason roster.
He was among seven players to ink such deals, joining tight end Cole Hikutini, defensive end Daniel Wise, running back Jordan Chunn, cornerback D.J. White, center Marcus Henry, and wide receiver Tevin Jones.
Thorson spent the entire 2019 campaign on the Cowboys’ practice squad after joining the team on Sept. 1. He was chosen in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Thorson was waived at final cuts, having lost his roster spot to Josh McCown and Nate Sudfeld, the reserves behind franchise signal-caller Carson Wentz.
Thorson attended college at Northwestern, starting 53 games for the Wildcats from 2015-18. He logged 10,731 career passing yards, with 61 TDs, 45 interceptions, and a 36-17 overall record in his tenure.
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Thorson — solidly-sized and mechanically-sound, hampered by mediocre arm talent — to DeShone Kizer, a 2017 second-round choice of the Cleveland Browns now playing for the Oakland Raiders.
“Four-year starter with good size and fundamentals who never really improved after his breakout 2016 season,” Zierlein wrote in his scouting profile. “Thorson was hamstrung by below-average talent at the skill positions but never showed an ability to work beyond his offense’s limitations. His limited field vision combined with plus physical traits gives him a chance to become an average backup in a pro-style offense.”
The Cowboys carried just two QBs on the active roster in 2019: Prescott and Cooper Rush. Thorson received an uptick in reps following Prescott’s late-year shoulder injury.
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SOURCE: Heavy, Zack Kelberman