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Cowboys Backup QB: Will Grier’s Stock Rises Without Playing

Sitting out of a game is usually detrimental to a player fighting for a job. But for , a candidate to be the ' backup in 2022, not playing last night may have only strengthened his position.

With among the many starters who didn't suit up in Denver, the night belonged to the backups. Grier was also held out of action due to a groin suffered earlier in the week but was a game-time decision, meaning he'll hopefully play in next Saturday's meeting with the .

Instead, we got a heavy dose of last night and nobody's feeling great about it this morning. While the Cowboys' offense woes were multi-faceted, Rush looked uncomfortable and didn't provide the stabilizing presence you'd want from a sixth-year veteran.

It didn't help when entered the game in the 3rd quarter and helped get Dallas its only touchdown of the night. While we have to remember that he was playing against the Broncos' third-tier talent, DiNucci was also playing with the Cowboys' lesser offensive linemen and receivers and still provided a spark.

But while DiNucci showed some moxie, nobody's clamoring for him to be QB2 going forward. The focus is now on Will Grier and what the former 3rd-round pick can do when we finally see him on the field.

Remember, Grier has never thrown a pass for the Cowboys even in preseason games. He was claimed off waivers during final cuts in 2021 and remained sidelined all season behind Prescott and Rush.

With other options not inspiring confidence, the mystery behind Grier is now increasing his perceived value. It also helps that he's been getting a lot of praise in camp from his coaches and has been involved in some highlight moments from practices.

Had Grier played last night, who knows? Maybe the , poor protection, and dropped passes still happen and he would've looked as ineffective as Rush.

But now, instead of being seen as part of the problem, Grier goes into next week as a hoped-for solution. How he performs in Los Angeles next Saturday night will be one of the most-discussed stories from that game.

That said, it's probably too soon to start calling the backup QB job Grier's to lose. Dallas isn't going to dump Cooper Rush based on one bad night playing with backups. They haven't forgotten how he performed last year in Minnesota, helping the Cowboys win a critical regular-season game with Dak Prescott missing.

Still, with Grier already getting hype going into last night, the Broncos game only moved the needle more in his direction. The feeling going into camp was that Will would have to oust Rush from the QB2 position. Now you get the sense that they have equal claims on the role.

Round Two of this fight is a week away. Will Grier didn't even have to throw a punch to win the first one. For the Cowboys' sake, he'll hopefully land a haymaker against the Chargers.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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