Although the Dallas Cowboys will not be able to find a top quarterback to replace Dak Prescott’s injured shoulder, a former MVP is still available.
Cam Newton is still the most prominent free-agent choice. The Cowboys will not go this route.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler reported that they are not likely to sign the former Carolina Panthers player or trade for a noteworthy option like Mason Rudolph or Jimmy Garoppolo.
Jerry Jones, Cowboys owner, suggested that they do so in a 105.3 The Fan interview. He stated that Cooper Rush and Will Grier will give them their best shot to compete while Prescott is gone.
He stated that any outside acquisition would not provide a talent advantage, but it would be countered by an acclimation period in which to learn the offense. Rush and Grier are familiar with their playbook, in the meantime.
Although initial reports predicted Prescott would miss six to eight weeks due to a fractured right thumb sustained in Week 1, the Cowboys have decided not place their star quarterback on the injured reserve. They may not seek outside help if they are optimistic that Prescott will return within the next four weeks.
Newton was once one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. However, he has struggled to unlock the same gear in recent seasons. In 2020, he threw 2,657 yards and eight touchdown passes in 15 games for the New England Patriots.
Newton was only 54.8 percent complete in his passes after sustaining an injury to Sam Darnold. He also had a 64.4 quarterback rating.
These poor results suggest that the Cowboys might be more comfortable with Rush than taking their chances. In his first season with the Cowboys, he won a win of 20-16 over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Cowboys will give the 28-year old another opportunity when they face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.