Cowboys: Cooper Rush and Will Grier fight to be Dak Prescott’s replacement

For the second straight season, Cooper Rush is in a battle for the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback job.

Rush became the number two man by fighting Garrett Gilbert in 2021.

This summer, it’s Rush vs. Will Grier.

In two preseason starts, Rush led the Cowboys in nine offensive possessions with one scoring drive.

Grier, who missed the first preseason game in Denver with a sore groin, returned for five drives against the Chargers on Saturday night, leading to two scoring drives.

As the Cowboys enter the final week of preseason, it’s clear Prescott’s backup quarterback hasn’t been set.

“It was hard to miss last week,” said Grier, who completed 6 of 10 passes for 98 yards in the Chargers game.

“But I have been ready to go, I have been preparing since last year and trying to improve every day.”

Grier is a 2019 third-round pick out of Carolina and has played in just two regular-season games.

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He last saw game action on August 27, 2021 for the Panthers, where he completed 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards in a 34-9 preseason win over Pittsburgh.

Grier also had a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter in that game.

The Panthers released him, allowing the Cowboys to catch him.

He was inactive for 16 weeks of the 2021 season.

He spent the entire offseason getting a better understanding of the offense and came into training camp with an aggressive approach of challenging defenses with his strong arm.

That mindset was seen in the Chargers game when Grier hit a deep pass to wide receiver Brandon Smith while nearly tripping over his own feet.

The final preseason game, on Friday against Seattle at AT&T Stadium, will determine whether Rush or Grier gets the Cowboys’ backup quarterback job.

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Cowboys: Cooper Rush and Will Grier fight to be Dak Prescott’s replacement