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Was Cooper Rush Best Choice As Cowboys Backup QB?

Was Cooper Rush Best Choice As Cowboys Backup QB?

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Quarterback Cooper Rush #10 of the Dallas Cowboys in action against the Houston Texans in the first half of a preseason NFL game at AT&T Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Arlington, Texas.
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

The Dallas Cowboys released backup quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci in the process of reducing their roster from 80 to 53.

That leaves Cooper Rush as the last man standing in this underwhelming competition to be Dak Prescott‘s backup in Dallas.

The Cowboys’ decision begs the question of whether they kept the right backup quarterback.

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The answer is yes they did, but there are plenty of disclaimers associated with the answer.

 

Cooper Rush Was The Best Of The Three

As mentioned, this competition was underwhelming.

For the most part, Gilbert and DiNucci struggled, and Rush outplayed them.

In that respect, he was definitely the best one and the appropriate choice to keep as Dak’s backup.

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Cowboys Need To Shop Around

The Cowboys are a week away from their opening game against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We are told that Prescott is feeling better and ready to go, but how do we know if this is true?

In the preseason, we saw a glimpse of him throwing before suffering the shoulder injury that was supposedly nothing but took forever to recover from.

We also are told that his ankle is healed as well.

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That may be true for the light workouts he has been doing, but is he really game-ready?

Both of those injuries are lingering concerns especially over the course of a 17-game regular season.

Dak’s health is a major concern for Cowboys fans, and Rush does not provide a winning track record if he is called upon.

That’s why the Cowboys need to spend the next few days shopping for a backup quarterback.

Two experienced veterans come to mind quickly.

They are Cam Newton, newly released from the New England Patriots.

And Nick Foles who looks to be the odd man out in Chicago.

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Cowboys fans saw what Foles did in 2017 with their NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Conclusion

If the Cowboys are willing to invest that much money in Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, then they need to invest more in a backup quarterback who knows how to win.

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Rush has been effective for the Cowboys as a practice squad quarterback.

That seems to be the appropriate place for him in 2021.

Rush should be the backup quarterback for just a few more days.

At that point, someone will take the initiative to get on the phone and get another quarterback in for a tryout and signed to a contract.



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