Isaiah Stanback still wears a quarterback number – 18 – but he finally feels like a receiver. The Cowboys drafted the University of Washington quarterback with hopes of turning him into a receiver.
But he caught only two passes and returned only 13 kicks in two seasons.
“I didn’t know what I was doing when I was there [in Dallas], to be honest with you,” Stanback said Thursday. “I was a quarterback trying to learn the receiver position. I didn’t even know how to stand when I was there. All the guys used to laugh at me. I felt like I was watching what the other receivers were doing and trying to learn. It’s tough to do it that way when you’re on the toughest level there is in sports. I didn’t get taught a lot. I was thrown into it, and it was kind of hoped I would be successful. Unfortunately, I had a bunch of injuries when I was there, and it just didn’t work out.
“Now, I’m a lot better receiver. I actually feel like I’m a receiver.”
Stanback had three surgeries while with the Cowboys – two on his shoulder and one on his knee. He had an injury-free year with the Patriots in 2009, playing quarterback and receiver. But he spent the past two seasons on injured reserve with the Seahawks. He tore his Achilles’ in 2010 and strained a hamstring in 2011.
Stanback was sitting at his home in Lewisville, contemplating his future, when the Giants called offering him a job on their practice squad. He will be a free agent in the off-season.
“I feel blessed,” said Stanback, whose first child – Nadia Renee – is due March 23. “God has got a plan for me.”
-- Charean Williams