Cooper Rush reminded the Dallas Cowboys how important the backup quarterback position is when he went 4-1 while Dak Prescott was out with a thumb injury. Rush didn’t do anything spectacular but it might be enough to get him a better job in 2023 as he enters free agency.
Assuming he does land elsewhere, the Cowboys would be smart to again look for a younger backup tp develop — as they did with Rush who was an undrafted free agent in 2017. Here, we look at four players they should target as potential backups to Prescott in the 2023 NFL Draft.
4 QB prospects Cowboys should draft as backups
4. Malik Cunningham, Louisville
While Rush was able to keep the team afloat due to quick decisions and accurate passing, Malik Cunningham could help in a much different way. He’s not a pocket passer in the way Rush is, but instead, he’s a big-time playmaker under center due to his athleticism.
Cunningham played five seasons with Louisville and was a starter in the final four. He completed 62.6 percent of his attempts for 9,660 yards with a 70-to-29 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
However, it was his running that stood out.
Cunningham finished with 3,179 yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground. His best campaign was in 2021 when he ran for 1,031 yards and 20 of his touchdowns.
He’s not someone who will wow anyone with his accuracy but his ability to run could be a huge benefit to a team in need of a spark after losing their signal-caller.
Tyler Huntley is a player who has proven this can work as he’s done a decent job over the past two seasons for Baltimore. He was never the explosive runner Cunningham is, but his ability to move the chains with his legs has helped Baltimore’s offense stay on task when Lamar Jackson was hurt — and even earned him a Pro Bowl nod (even if it wasn’t a popular one).