Will Grier and Cooper Rush are in the race to be the Dallas Cowboys backup QB behind Dak Prescott. The Cowboys may release the loser of the quarterback competition.
This scenario would see Dallas likely to try to resign the quarterback to the practice squad, but it could be at risk that the signal-caller is taken by another team. Jon Machota , the Athletic’s Jon Machota , believes Grier will be the odd man in the end. Rush was named by the writer as the slight favorite to win.
Machota wrote that Will Grier had been having a good camp before he injured his groin. . His performance against the Denver Broncos didn’t help his case for Prescott’s backup. Rush completed 12-of-20 passes, gaining 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 48.8 passer rating.
“Grier has certainly closed in on an opportunity to win the backup job. But if it’s close, the edge should go to Rush, who delivered last season when needed.”
Rush is not likely to be the backup quarterback, especially after a disappointing first preseason game against the Broncos in which Rush completed 12-of-20 passes for just 84 yards and one interception. Grier is a legitimate candidate to be the QB2 with his strong performance during the last two preseason games.
Will Grier making a push for QB2 in Dallas
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Rush’s record includes leading the Cowboys in a win over the Vikings last year when Prescott was out with calf injuries. Mike McCarthy, Cowboys’ head coach explained why Grier is pressing the team to make difficult decisions at the position.
McCarthy stated that “I believe Will’s taken a step forward” during an August 9 press conferences. “I think Will has done a great job with his reps. It was obvious that he felt the command. Coming in at the same time he did [last season], I believe the language barrier [of offense] is always a problem when you enter a new system such as ours.
“[Grier] was there every day in the offseason, and I think you’re seeing it’s paid off. But I think it’s clear that he’s playing much quicker and he’s making plays. I do think he definitely has the type of playmaking ability, not only to make plays in a pocket, but definitely out of the pocket.”
Rush might be a safer pick because the Cowboys are more familiar with Grier, but that is not to say Grier has any upside. An first-round selection was once expected to be made by the former West Virginia quarterback. Grier was eventually drafted by the Panthers in the third round with the No. The 2019 NFL draft will see Grier selected as the 100th overall pick. Former Mountaineers signal-caller threw 3,864 yards and 37 touchdowns, while completing 67% his passes in 2018.
Despite his promising college record, Grier is still a little unknown in the NFL . He threw for 228 yards with four interceptions in his only two professional starts in 2019. It will be interesting to see if Grier or Rush can play well enough to allow the Cowboys to have three quarterbacks on their final 53-man roster.