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The Dallas Cowboys use safety Jameill Showers to play Russell Wilson on the scout team.

Cowboys have fascinating way to try to replicate Russell Wilson in practice

Ryan Wooden

The Dallas Cowboys defense faces one of the most difficult quarterbacks in the NFL to defend on Sunday with playoff aspirations on the line against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

His ability to create both from within the pocket and on the move outside the pocket once a play breaks down can be incredibly taxing on a defense and requires constant discipline and communication. However, they feel like they’ve got a player on their roster who makes preparing for Wilson a little easier.

Jameill Showers plays safety for the Cowboys now, but he began his career attempting to play quarterback after playing the position in college at UTEP. Showers spent two seasons on the Dallas practice squad as a quarterback before moving to defense in the spring, but the Cowboys are trying to take advantage of his athleticism this week.

Showers is pretending to be Wilson while running the scout team offense and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he can still spin it pretty effectively, according to a report from Patrik Walker of 247 Sports.

Of course, Showers isn’t the same caliber of quarterback and athlete as Wilson. If he was, he wouldn’t have been buried on the depth chart at quarterback for the Cowboys, particularly in 2015 when Dallas struggled mightily without Tony Romo.

However, very few teams in the NFL have a player on their roster who can even begin to replicate some of Wilson’s skill sets so it uniquely positions the Cowboys to deal with him on Sunday in a must-win game.

Dallas needs a pair of wins to close out the season and some help along the way to sneak into the postseason. So, while it won’t show up in the box score, if the Cowboys defense can limit Wilson effectively it will be at least in part because of Showers.