Who will be the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback?

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and quarterback Cooper Rush (10) (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and quarterback Cooper Rush (10) (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Cooper Rush (10), Garrett Gilbert (3) and quarterback Dak Prescott (4) (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports) /

Breaking Down the Dallas Cowboys’ Quarterbacks

As it stands today, the Cowboys have four quarterbacks on their active roster. They are quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci, and Cooper Rush.

Prescott is Dallas’ starter for next season, assuming that there are no further setbacks with his injury. However, now the question remains, who is going to back up the former Mississippi State star?

According to ESPN.com, they list Garrett Gilbert as the backup to Prescott. Last season, Gilbert started just one game for the Cowboys in week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished the game completing 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

In a near upset victory for the Cowboys against the Steelers, Gilbert played better than anyone had imagined. However, it remains uncertain if Dallas would be comfortable with the 29-year-old veteran backing up Prescott.

The third quarterback on their roster is Ben DiNucci. The second-year player from James Madison looks to take that next step up in his game. He started one game last season against the Philadelphia Eagles. The former 7th round pick played like any rookie would in his first game in the NFL. He completed just 52.5% of his passes for 180 yards.

DiNucci is still young (24) and has plenty of time to improve. Nonetheless, it is highly unlikely that the Cowboys will give the 24-year-old the opportunity of backing up Prescott.

Finally, Dallas has found itself with quarterback Cooper Rush once again.  After being with the New York Giants for a short time last season, they cut him soon after. Now, Rush is back on the Cowboys after being with them from 2017-2019.

In three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, the former Central Michigan quarterback hasn’t started a game for them. Additionally, he has thrown only three career passes. It’s a small sample size for Rush’s career passing attempts, but he knows Dallas’ playbook better than anyone.