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QB Cooper Rush is Still Hanging Around; Any Chance he Makes 2021 Roster?

has been part of the for the last four years and yet has almost never seen the field. He remains on the roster now during this , but what chance does he have of actually making the team this year?

Rush now has more seasons (4) than career passing attempts (3) so far in the NFL. After a three-year run from 2017-2019 as the backup in Dallas, he followed to the in 2020 but was released at the end of September.

Once was lost for the year and backup was also dealing with , the Cowboys brought Rush back into the fold as part of the 2020 . He was active for one game last year as 's backup against the but never saw playing time.

After leaving Dallas once already and only being brought back under dire circumstances, it's somewhat surprising that Cooper is still with the team today. But with the Cowboys not adding any additional QB talent so far via or the draft, Rush is still hanging around for now.

That felt close to changing a few days ago when Dallas brought in veteran Jeff Driskel for a visit. I proposed with that news that Rush would be the odd man out if Driskel was signed, assuming Garrett Gilbert and remain preferred options for the Cowboys at this time.

But Driskel left without a contract and thus left Rush, assumedly, with his roster spot for now. But am I, like most Cowboys onlookers, not giving Cooper enough legitimacy as a backup QB candidate in 2021?

Rush may not have any real-game but he only has one game less than Gilbert or DiNucci. And while Dallas let him go in 2020, they trusted him to be Prescott's primary backup for the better part of three whole seasons.

We all remember how dazzling Dak was during the 2016 . Well, never forget that Cooper Rush was almost equally impressive in 2017. And while he did slump a bit the following year, Rush looked much closer to that rookie form during his August appearances in 2019.

Also remember that in 2020 the Cowboys had re-signed Rush to a one-year deal as a . They only released him in May after adding Andy Dalton; a clear upgrade as a veteran backup to Prescott.

I can't offer you anything concrete that says Cooper can or will be competing for the backup QB job in 2021. But this is just a reminder that the Cowboys have trusted this man before and, if not for the opportunity to sign Dalton, may have very well done it again last season.

Perhaps we all, myself included, need to stop dismissing Cooper Rush so easily for next season's roster.

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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