2. Will Grier should win the QB2 job.
It was a lackluster night for longtime backup Cooper Rush. He played it safe and pedestrian and was never able to truly elevate his performance. Will Grier, a former third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, showcased his big arm strength, guts, and plus athleticism.
Grier has earned the job throughout training camp and into the preseason, while Rush has either struggled or looked quite mundane in the two preseason games.
The problem Grier will face is the fact that Rush won a regular season game last year, and is more familiar, comfortable, and experienced than any QB not named Dak Prescott.
It is no secret that Grier gives the Cowboys a much higher ceiling if a QB2 is needed during the regular season. The organization will find it hard to have an excuse to pass up a strong arm, athletic, talented backup like Grier.
Grier is aggressive and on the hunt for big plays, something we can not say for Rush, for better or for worse. The big-play ability and persona of Grier seem to have piqued HC Mike McCarthy’s interest, too.