IRVING, Texas – It's odd how, for a guy who's never lived in Dallas, this week serves as a bit of a homecoming for Kellen Moore.
Now a member of the Dallas practice squad, the fourth-year quarterback is reuniting with one of his first NFL coaches in Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The two worked together during Moore's first two years in the league, when Linehan was the offensive coordinator in Detroit.
"Obviously, I was fortunate that my first couple years in the league were with Scott in Detroit," Moore said Tuesday. "It was a fun couple of years, and I'm excited for the chance to work with him again."
If that weren't enough, Moore also bolsters the Cowboys' tally of Boise State players to four.
"We've got three other Broncos here, so that's a good start," he said.
Moore was an All-American at the same time Tyrone Crawford was a starter for the Broncos. He never played with Orlando Scandrick or DeMarcus Lawrence, though some familiarity will surely be an added benefit.
Mainly, it'll be interesting to see what Moore can offer as a developmental quarterback after the Cowboys opted to waive second-year prospect Dustin Vaughan. The Cowboys kept Jameill Showers as a fellow practice squad quarterback, those his versatility in several other roles will occupy some of his time during practices.
That leaves Moore as the main developmental prospect behind the veteran duo of Tony Romo and Brandon Weeden – a fact Linehan surely was aware of when Dallas picked Moore up after he was released by the Lions.
"It worked out well, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with him again," Moore said.
It promises to be quite a turnaround four the veteran, who was cut in Detroit this weekend before beginning the game week process with the Cowboys. If there's a silver lining, though, it's that Moore should have a head start thanks to Linehan.
"I think it helps – there will probably be some familiarity once I get into the thick of things, and that'll work," he said.