By now, you’ve probably gotten an idea of which players were winners and which losers in the Dallas Cowboys preseason opener. But believe it or not, there were a couple of winners that didn’t even take the field on Saturday night.

Ready. Set. Hike. Let’s dive in!

WR Noah Brown

Eight Cowboys receivers took the field on Saturday night. That includes third-round rookie Jalen Tolbert, who’s expected to be one of three starters at the position in Week 1 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Noah Brown was not among those who took the field. The reason was non-injury related by the looks of it as the team chalked it down as veteran rest. 18 other players received the same designation, all of them projected starters.

This strongly suggests that the Cowboys have locked Brown in as WR2 for the time being. The 26-year-old has been with Dallas since 2017 and he’s been having a strong training camp so far.

Reports out of Oxnard indicate he’s being used as a more complete receiver instead of having a blocking role as he did in previous years.

QB Will Grier

Word is Grier is making a legit push for the backup quarterback role in his second year with the Cowboys. The former West Virginia Mountaineer has shown flashes of his talent since 2021 but the difference now is his knowledge of the offense.

Grier indicated to A to Z Sports’ William Steele such an adapting process can be complex. Keep in mind the Cowboys signed the 27-year-old quarterback in September.

Due to a groin injury, Grier couldn’t take the field to battle Cooper Rush for the job last Saturday. However, Rush looked inaccurate and shake throughout his start. His performance left us and the Cowboys with little insight into the young receivers as they didn’t get a lot of chances from the guy that sparked an unexpected win at Minnesota last year.

Rush completed 12-of-20 attempts for 84 yards and one interception.

If able to return early next week, seeing Grier start next weekend wouldn’t be a surprise.

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