The Dallas Cowboys have a battle at backup quarterback. Who will be No. 2 behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart is up for grabs.

Cooper Rush and Will Grier are the two challengers for the spot. Rush has the experience and familiarity, while Grier features better talent and more upside from behind center.

Rush entered training camp with a leg up in the competition. That is to be expected, as the signal caller won a game as a starter for the Cowboys last season and has been with the team for years. His tenure in Dallas dates back to the Jason Garrett era.

However, Grier has made a real push in camp. His raw talent that made him a Heisman Trophy contender in college and a day-two draft selection has been evident in practice when compared to what Rush brings to the table.

Rush struggles in preseason opener

To make matters worse for Cooper Rush, the Dallas Cowboys’ signal caller struggled mightily in Saturday’s preseason opener. He looked flustered and struggled with accuracy against the Broncos.

Simply put: it was not the kind of performance that Rush needed with the position battle heating up.

Will Grier did not even take a snap on Saturday. He is dealing with a groin injury that has limited him as of late. Even still, the former West Virginia passer is a stock-up candidate due to how poorly Rush played.

The season is lost for the Dallas Cowboys if Dak Prescott goes down for an extended period of time. That is true for much of the league. That said, Grier gives the Cowboys a better chance to succeed without Prescott in 2022 — despite Rush’s outing against the Vikings last year.

Cooper Rush is in real jeopardy of not making the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. He has a few weeks and two more preseason games to turn the tide on that.

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