Former Ohio State standout quarterback J.T. Barrett is getting a look-see from the Dallas Cowboys, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Barrett, 26, has been an NFL journeyman since going undrafted in 2018, spending time with the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has yet to appear in a game.
The Cowboys are now bringing him in on a tryout basis, Archer reported. But hey, maybe the Cowboys will be a fit. After all, Barrett was the Buckeyes’ QB when current Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was at Ohio State.
Still, Barrett will have to really fight for his right to be Zak Prescott’s backup. Or even the backup to Prescott’s backup.
To do so, Barrett would have to leap ahead of Cooper Rush, Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci. All three of those guys not only have NFL experience, but each has taken snaps for the Cowboys in a real, live game.
But Barrett was one of the finest quarterbacks in all of college football in the past decade. He was named first team All-Big Ten on three occasions and set all sorts of school records. Overall, he threw for 104 touchdowns, compared to just 30 interceptions, and the Buckeyes went 38-6 with Barrett at quarterback.
That success hasn’t translate to the pros, but the Cowboys clearly think he is worthy of an audition anyway.