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    Will Grier Raises the Bar in Cowboys Backup QB Competition

    While he didn't throw a touchdown in last night's victory, Will Grier still looked like the best on the Cowboys roster. Grier's performance intensified the competition with Cooper Rush just a little over a week before final cuts.

    Grier did have the best stats in Los Angeles but that wasn't a tall order. His 98 passing yards on 60% completions were enough on a night when the Cowboys' defense and special teams were the stars of the game.

    But while having far from gaudy numbers, Grier displayed traits in his play that have been sorely lacking in Cooper Rush's appearances this preseason. He showed faster processing in the pocket, moving through reads quickly and delivering the ball with confidence.

    Last week in Denver, Rush was discouraging in his handling of the . While he did have some adversity from poor pass protection and drops by receivers, the sixth-year veteran didn't show you the kind of poise that his experience would suggest.

    Grier sat out that game with a minor groin . With only Rush and playing against the Broncos, Will's stock went up as the other two backup candidates struggled. Even DiNucci looked a little flashier than Rush in Denver, increasing the anticipation for what Grier might show us.

    Last night was our first look at Will Grier in a live game with the Cowboys. He spent last year on the bench after being claimed off waivers during final cuts.

    During the roughly two quarters of football we got from him, Grier looked the part of a capable backup QB. He did what you'd expect from a former 3rd-round pick competing with prospects who were either undrafted (Rush) or just a 7th-rounder (DiNucci) themselves.

    I don't want to be guilty of underestimating Cooper Rush. He's been proving people wrong for over five seasons now, finding unexpected longevity in Dallas and showing up big in last year's victory over the Vikings. His longtime working relationship with is something that the team won't discard lightly.

    But Rush is still an artifact from the era; a holdover who Dallas dumped in 2020 for and only brought back when injuries forced their hand midseason. Cooper wasn't expected to be QB2 in 2021 either, but he took advantage after DiNucci and underwhelmed that summer.

    's regime has been trying to upgrade the backup QB position since its arrival in Dallas. They won't hesitate to go with Will Grier if they think he's the better player. And even if Grier comes out on top, Rush could easily stick around as QB3 or on the .

    The key was Will Grier finally getting on the field and validating our intrigue. That happened last night and hopefully continues this Friday against the Seahawks. It would be especially nice if Grier got into the game early than Rush, allowing him to work with better talent while trying to showcase his ability.

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    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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    siempre

    Raise the bar. OK. Greer and Rush have the bar at about one inch off the ground so it is not a big change.

    lonewolfz28

    Sadly, there isn’t much available for FA QB’s right now. Fitzmagic? Cam Newton? Mike Glennon? Garrett Gilbert?

    No, thanks. Now, if a decent vet gets cut in favor of younger, cheaper talent? Maybe. About the only one I see in that position is Nick Foles. Maybe the loser between Mason Rudolph and Mitch Trubisky if Pitt doesn’t keep 3 QB’s?

    Are any of those a better QB and a better fit than Will Grier, Ben DiNucci or Cooper Rush? They’re certainly more experienced. But, I’m not very confident in any of them at this stage of their careers. Nick Foles probably fits the West Coast style that McCarthy favors. Mason Rudolph would open up the offense a bit with more shots down field. Trubisky would be more of a dual threat type QB. The rest are all but done and surviving on name recognition. But, none of them would likely keep the team in the hunt for the playoffs.

    Stick with Grier or DiNucci and use the higher pick and saved money to continue building the team.

    John

    How about we give Grier a chance before we work to replace him. The coaches seem impressed with his development, he is now accustomed to the system and he has the strongest college resume (watch a highlight film of this former Heisman candidate). Grier has the talent to start in the league. No one is saying that about Rush or DeNucci.

    JoeB

    DiNucci has the best arm of all the quarterbacks including Dak. Very quick release and he can throw off balance very well and still put a lot of zing on the ball. He should at least be kept on the practice squad.