For years, Cooper Rush and Noah Brown have shared practice time playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Usually a part of the second team, both quarterback and receiver have stuck around an organization that’s seen many changes since they both arrived in the NFL in 2017. That includes changes at offensive coordinator and even head coach.
Who would say that a seventh-round wide receiver and an undrafted quarterback from the same class would lead the team that originally gave them a chance to victory six years into their pro careers?
That’s exactly what happened in Week 2 when the Cowboys’ backup quarterback targeted Brown five times for five completions, 91 yards, and a touchdown. Among those, a clutch 12-yard catch came in the final drive of the game that set Brett Maher up for the game-winning 50-yard field goal.
In fact, Brown was involved in three of the longest five plays made by the Cowboys’ offense all day.
“We’ve been here for six years together now,” Rush told NFL Network’s Jane Slater after the game. “We’ve played together on that two-squad.”
Talk about a feel-good story. Together, Rush and Brown managed to lead the Cowboys’ offense to a win in a game in which they were perceived as seven-point underdogs (Along, of course, with a stellar defensive performance).
Dig deeper and you’ll find this story is even more improbable than it would appear at first glance. The connection between the Cowboys duo is so good that they were able to connect with very little separation from the wideout.
According to Next Gen Stats, the NFL’s average receiver separation is marked at 2.91 yards. On game day, Noah Brown was able to generate an average separation of only 1.91 yards. That was the lowest mark among pass-catchers in the game excluding Dennis Houston, who was targeted only once.
“He’s a baller,” said Rush of Noah Brown in the postgame press conference. “All he does is make tough catches, all he does is be in the right place at the right time.”
Going forward, it’s hard to evaluate how sustainable this duo’s success will be. But you’ve got to love the unlikely feat the two Dallas Cowboys were able to put together.
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