By Teddy Brenner

So how is lame-ass Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz going to scheme for Cowboys quarterback Ben DiNucci?

Yes, the third-stringer may have to face the Eagles Sunday night at the Linc unless Andy Dalton makes it out of concussion protocol.

DiNucci finished Sunday’s game in Washington completing 2-of-3 passes for 39 yards, though he also took three sacks.

James Madison, where DiNucci played after transferring from Pittsburgh, has been something of a football powerhouse in the Football Championship Subdivision, the level below where Joe Burrow played at LSU and Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama. DiNucci took the school to the FCS championship game and led FCS passers by completing 70.9% of his passes in 2019.

The performance was enough to make him an NFL prospect. The Cowboys took him in the seventh round of the draft, though with the team’s depth there was no expectation that he’d actually play.

Then a confluence of bad teams and injuries made DiNucci not just their quarterback, but their potential linchpin for a playoff run. The timeline for Dalton, who suffered a concussion, to return is unclear.

“This team drafted me for a reason,” DiNucci said.

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