The Dallas Cowboys shocked everyone when they traded for Trey Lance. While Lance's arrival has zero bearing on Dak Prescott's future, it likely means Will Grier played his last game in a Cowboys uniform in Saturday's preseason finale.
Grier was claimed off waivers by the Cowboys just head of the 2021 season and has served as the third-string QB ever since. He was waived by Dallas last August but re-signed to the practice squad the following day.
With the Cowboys expected to carry Prescott, Cooper Rush and Lance on the 53-man roster, Grier drew the start against the Raiders. Fans desperately wanted Grier to deliver a strong performance and have a proper sendoff in front of the AT&T Stadium faithful.
The former West Virginia star has showed out and then some.
Will Grier is showing out in his final Cowboys game after Trey Lance trade
In the first half, Grier went 18-of-23 for 182 passing yards and three total touchdowns. He added 49 rushing yards and posted a 128.6 passer rating. It's clear Grier knows he's working on a deadline and he's giving 31 other teams some great film to discuss during the league-wide roster crunch.
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All kidding aside, Cowboys fans heaped praise on Grier on social media.
Grier opened the scoring in the second half with another rushing touchdown, giving him four total scores in just three quarters of play. The former third-round pick deserves massive credit for how he's handled an unfortunate situation.
A third-year QB probably should perform like this against third and fourth-stringers, but Grier could have easily mailed it in to avoid injury before being exposed to waivers. And yet, he's running around the pocket making plays and fighting for every inch.
It's impossible not to feel good for Grier.
It might be the end of the road for him in Dallas, but he's proving he deserves a spot on an NFL roster, even if it's as a third-stringer.