Head coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Rush will enter the season as the backup quarterback, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports. Rush has not been a standout backup for the Cowboys since joining the team last season, but Garrett went on to praise Rush's body of work since the start of the offseason. Should starter Dak Prescott suffer an injury at any point this season, Dallas will not be in great standing with Rush as its current backup.
Rush took snaps in only two games in 2017, completing one of three passes for two yards and gaining 13 yards on two carries. The undrafted free agent mostly watched from the sidelines behind starting quarterback Dak Prescott, but the Cowboys feel Rush has the potential to develop into an NFL-caliber signal caller down the road. The team may bring in some competition for him in training camp, but in all likelihood, Rush will enter 2018 as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Barring an injury to Prescott next season, Rush's action would likely be limited to garbage time once again.
Rush came in late in Sunday's 40-10 win over the 49ers, completing one of two passes for two yards and carrying the ball twice for 13 yards. It wasn't exactly an auspicious pro debut for the undrafted rookie, but Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said after the game that Rush, and not Kellen Moore, was now No. 2 on the depth chart behind Dak Prescott. Expect the team to continue looking for opportunities to get Rush some snaps in garbage time with an eye on accelerating his development.
Rush won the backup quarterback job, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports. The undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan enjoyed a phenomenal preseason, completing 38 of 51 passes for 398 yards and a league-high six touchdowns without throwing an interception. It was enough to convince the Cowboys to release Kellen Moore, who spent last year on injured reserve and struggled throughout the preseason.
Rush completed eight of nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason game against the Colts. For the second straight game, Rush badly outplayed presumed Cowboys No. 2 QB Kellen Moore, and it's becoming a distinct possibility that the undrafted rookie will win the backup spot behind Dak Prescott. Dallas trusts Moore's intelligence and familiarity with coordinator Scott Linehan's offense in that role, but if Rush continues to put up big numbers in the preseason and makes it too risky for the team to try and place him on the practice squad, they may have little choice but to keep him on the 53-man roster in Moore's place.
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