Jerry Jones’ Portfolio of QB Draftees: #3 Quincy Carter
In the weeks following Troy Aikman’s retirement in April of 2001, Jerry Jones was in a gambling mood. And gamble he did on Day 1 of the NFL Draft when he grabbed Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter 51st overall in the 2nd round, and then slapped the starter tag on him later that August.
For Carter, his honeymoon in Dallas hit a roadblock when the reality of regular season play began. His 34-yard passing effort against Tampa Bay to open the schedule set the tone for a sluggish Cowboy offensive attack in 2001. After a lengthy stay on the disabled list, Carter returned in December to lead the Cowboys to a 3-3 finish, but was benched halfway through the 2002 campaign after a four-interception outing in Arizona cost the Cowboys a victory.
With Bill Parcells on the scene in 2003, Carter led a miraculous charge to the postseason, authoring 10 victories in the process, but was cut the following summer after a sluggish beginning to training camp.