Jameill Showers
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Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-06) September 6, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Alpine, Texas
Career information
College: UTEP
Undrafted in 2015
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 2015–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Jameill Showers (born September 6, 1991)[1] is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M and UTEP.

Early yearsEdit

Showers attended Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas.[2][3] As a junior, he registered 2,150 passing yards, 513 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. He received District 12-5A First Team, District 12-5A Offensive MVP, Central Texas 4A/5A Offensive Player of the Year and honorable-mention All-state honors.

As a senior, he was lost for the year with a broken collarbone he suffered in a preseason scrimmage.

College careerEdit

Showers accepted a football scholarship from Texas A&M University. As a redshirt freshman during the 2011 season, he was the backup to Ryan Tannehill. The next year, he was the backup to eventual Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Against Auburn University, he was 8-for-8 for 59 yards, including a two-yard touchdown pass.

In June 2013, he earned a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University.[4][5][6][7] In his 2 seasons, he played in 11 games, making 31 out of 49 passes for 359 yards, 18 carries for 72 yards (4.0-yard avg.) and 2 passing touchdowns.

In February 2013, he transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso.[8] He was eligible to play immediately because he graduated from Texas A&M in June and was named the starter at quarterback. Although he missed the last 5 games due to a shoulder injury he suffered against Rice University on October 26, he still managed 1,263 passing yards, 11 touchdown passes, 4 interceptions, 195 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns. The next year, he started all 13 games, registering 1,858 passing yards, 12 touchdown passes, 6 interceptions, 312 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

On May 9, 2015, Showers was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.[9] Although he passed for 125 yards, one touchdown and one interception in preseason, he made the coaches take notice with his special teams play and versatility on the scout team. On September 5, he was waived and signed to the practice squad two days later.[10] On December 25, he was promoted to the active roster along with defensive tackle Casey Walker, after the Cowboys placed tight end Gavin Escobar and quarterback Tony Romo on the injured reserve list.[11] He was declared inactive in the last 2 games.

In 2016, he moved up on the depth chart when backup quarterback Kellen Moore broke his right tibia during the first week of training camp and the Cowboys couldn't reach an agreement with the Cleveland Browns to trade for backup Josh McCown.[12]

After Moore's injury, he competed with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott for the backup job behind starter Romo. Several reports from August, indicated that Showers outperformed Prescott, showing greater accuracy and a quicker release in training camp.[13] However, the Cowboys coaching staff made the decision to start Prescott in the team's preseason opener at the Los Angeles Rams. Working with the Cowboys' first-team offense, Prescott completed 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in one half of action. In that game Showers had a notable 45-yard pass to Vince Mayle, while escaping a certain sack, although Dallas would lose the game 28-24.[14]

After Romo suffered a vertebral compression fracture during the first quarter of the Cowboys' Week 3 preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, in light of Romo's projected 8- to 10-week recovery time,[15] Prescott was named the starter for the beginning of the 2016 season.[16] For the backup quarterback position, the Cowboys wanted to pair Prescott with a veteran, so they released Showers on September 4 to make room for Mark Sanchez, signing him to the practice squad the next day.[17][18] On October 7, it was reported that Showers would be switching positions from quarterback to strong safety, in order to give him a better chance to make the team.[19] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on January 16, 2017.[20]

On September 2, 2017, Showers was waived by the Cowboys and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[21][22] He was released on September 12, 2017, but was re-signed a week later.[23] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on January 1, 2018.[24]

On August 20, 2018, Showers was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[25]


  1. "Jameill Showers". Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. "UTEP football: Resilient Miner QB Jameill Showers keeps bouncing back". El Paso Times. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. "Jameill Showers, Shoemaker, Dual-Threat Quarterback". Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  4. "UTEP football: Miners sign Texas A&M backup quarterback". El Paso Times. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  5. "Former A&M/UTEP QB Jameill Showers also getting work on Cowboys special teams". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  6. Rodger Sherman. "Jameill Showers joining UTEP football after leaving Texas A&M". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  7. "Jameill Showers, Johnny Manziel's backup at Texas A&M, transferring to UTEP". Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  8. Justin Woodard (July 10, 2015). "Jameill Showers hoping to make Cowboys 53-man roster". KLTV. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  9. "Jameill Showers hoping the more he does the better his chances are". August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  10. Phillips, Rob (September 8, 2015). "Cowboys Sign 5 More To Practice Squad, Including Gus Johnson, WR Mayle". Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  11. "Cowboys Give Christmas Present To Jameill Showers And Casey Walker". Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  12. "Kellen Moore's broken fibula sends Dak Prescott flying up Cowboys' depth chart; will team add a veteran QB? - SportsDay". August 3, 2016.
  13. "Jameill Showers outperforms Dak Prescott as Cowboys remain patient in search for backup QB - SportsDay". August 5, 2016.
  14. "Cowboys vs. Rams - Game Summary - August 13, 2016 - ESPN".
  15. "It doesn’t look like Tony Romo will be back until November".
  16. Pantorno, Joe. "Dak Prescott Reportedly Named Cowboys Starting QB After Tony Romo Injury".
  17. Florio, Mike (September 4, 2016). "Mark Sanchez in, Jameill Showers out in Dallas". Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  18. "Report: Cowboys sign QB Jameill Showers to practice squad". Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  19. Patra, Kevin (October 7, 2016). "Cowboys QB Jameill Showers switching positions".
  20. Eatman, Nick (January 16, 2017). "Showers, Rod Smith Among 12 Players Signed To Cowboys Offseason Roster". Archived from the original on October 18, 2017.
  21. Phillips, Rob (September 2, 2017). "Cowboys Make 38 Moves, One Trade To Reach 53; Kellen Moore Released".
  22. Eatman, Nick (September 3, 2017). "Showers, Drafted CB & 2 WRs Headline Cowboys’ 10-Man Practice Squad".
  23. "Cowboys making roster move, re-signing Brian Brown to practice squad, releasing Jameill Showers". September 12, 2017.
  24. "Cowboys Sign 7 Players To Futures Deals". January 1, 2018.
  25. Eatman, Nick (August 20, 2018). "Cowboys Sign Safety, DT; Showers to IR".

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