3 Cowboys whose job could be on the line in the last preseason game

Cowboys, Will Grier. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Cowboys, Will Grier. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Will Grier, QB

Just before the regular season a year ago, the Carolina Panthers waived Will Grier and the Cowboys claimed the former third-round pick. He spent the majority of that campaign on the bench as the emergency quarterback behind Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush but now finds himself in a battle with Rush for the No. 2 job.

Grier has been playing very well in camp but has yet to really set himself apart from Rush in the preseason games. After missing Week 1 against Denver due to a groin injury, Grier made his debut as a Cowboy against the Chargers and was solid, but didn’t do anything spectacular.

According to head coach Mike McCarthy, Grier should have one more chance to try and prove he deserves to be the guy behind Prescott as he will get the bulk of the work as starters again sit out. It seems like the team is wanting to lean toward Grier, but they are also hesitant given his injury status and familiarity with the team.

The issue that comes up is that McCarthy had to mention Grier has a hamstring injury. This is after he already missed one game. While Rush definitely wasn’t great against Denver, he’s been durable and dependable when called upon. He also won them a game against Minnesota in 2021.

For Grier, he has to prove he’s far and away the better option since this staff does feel confident in Rush, while he remains an unknown. Right now, it’s easy to see that the ball comes off his hand with more velocity but 6-of-10 for 98 yards in the preseason is hardly enough to convince McCarthy and the rest of the staff to roll the dice.

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