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The Dallas Cowboys have signed wide receiver Quincy McDuffie of the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a futures contract, the team announced Tuesday.
McDuffie, who is set to become a free agent in February, was the top returner in the CFL this past season. This is at least the second professional team that he’s worked out for recently, as the New York Jets offered him a tryout in mid-December.
McDuffie’s a burner, tracing all the way back to his high school days at Edgewater (Florida), where he ran a 46-second quarter mile. He opted to play his collegiate football for the Central Florida Golden Knights, making an immediate impact as a freshman. In his first game, he took a 95-yard kick return back for a touchdown.
He was named as a first-team All-Conference USA selection as a sophomore with 27 kick returns for 869 yards. He had two kickoff returns — 93 and 95 yards — for touchdowns.
He signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2013 but was decimated by a hamstring injury, and was subsequently waived in August of that year.
Earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Marcus Mosher made note of some of Dallas’s tendencies in choosing wide receivers, and it’s a pretty strict standard. The Cowboys tend to favor receivers taller than 6-foot-2 – McDuffie is only 5-foot-10, so it appears the franchise has primarily taken notes of his ability to be a game-changer in the return game.
And for a guy that took six kickoff returns back the other way for touchdowns in college, perhaps one man’s trash could be Dallas’ treasure.