Player Outlook
Rush should back up Dak Prescott in 2022. He should also be left on the waiver wire in all Fantasy leagues unless Prescott suffers an injury. Even then, Rush would be a borderline starter in a two-QB league.

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2021 422 3 1 -8 306
2020
3y Avg. 141 1 0 -3 115.5
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Still ticketed for backup role

    Rush is expected to be the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback this season behind Dak Prescott, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. The 28-year-old could face a camp challenge for the job from Will Grier, who was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2019, but Rush earned a lot of goodwill by leading the Cowboys to victory in his lone start last year Week 8 against the Vikings. If Prescott stays healthy in 2022, however, his backup isn't likely to see much work, regardless of who it is.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Sees action late in Week 18

    Rush completed his only pass attempt for 10 yards and lost four yards on three carries in Saturday's win over the Eagles. It's the fifth time this season Rush has seen action, but he's only been needed for one start, as his other four appearances, including this one, came late in blowout wins. The 28-year-old wraps up the regular season with a 63.8 percent completion rate, 422 passing yards and a 3:1 TD:INT on 47 attempts, and he's proven he can be a capable backup for Dak Prescott in the Cowboys' system.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Headed back to No. 2 role

    Rush is expected to serve as the Cowboys' backup quarterback Sunday against the Broncos after head coach Mike McCarthy said Dak Prescott (calf) is on track to start Week 9 upon returning to full participation in practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Prescott appeared close to playing last week leading up to the Cowboys' eventual 20-16 win over the Vikings, so it comes as little surprise that he's on track to return to the lineup after he participated in both of the Cowboys' first two Week 9 practices. Barring a setback over the next day or two, Prescott will take back the reins of the offense from Rush, who performed capably against Minnesota in the first extended NFL action of his five-year career. He completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, though he committed a pair of turnovers (an interception and a lost fumble).
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Excels in first NFL start

    Rush completed 24 of 40 pass attempts for 325 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble lost in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Vikings. Rush was called into action for his first career start after Dak Prescott (calf) was ruled out during warmups. Dallas' five-year backup responded without hesitation, posting big passing numbers while leading his team to what turned out to be an upset win on the road. The 27-year-old was not rattled by his moment in the national spotlight, commanding the offense with confidence while utilizing all of the Cowboys' top receiving weapons. Prescott has a good shot to return to action against the Broncos next week given his game-time decision tag in Week 8, so Rush is likely to return to backup duties. If for any reason he does end up starting again this season, the backup may have inspired enough confidence to trust in a spot start, or at least give the managers of Dallas' position players confidence that a huge drop in production isn't guaranteed.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Starting for Prescott in Week 8

    Rush will start in place of Dak Prescott (calf) on Sunday in Minnesota, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports. Prescott's availability came down to a pregame warmup as he tends to a right calf strain suffered back in Week 6 at New England. Over the course of the workout, it became increasingly clear that Rush would be the starter, with Rush getting the initial throws and Prescott and Will Grier mixing in behind him, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. With Prescott officially inactive, Rush will earn his first NFL start. How Rush fares remains to be seen because he has just three career passes and two rushes under his belt, but he did throw for at least 3,100 yards and 23 TDs in each of his final three seasons at Central Michigan from 2014 through 2016.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Staying ready for potential start

    Rush took all of the Cowboys' team reps in practice this week, and some within the organization believe he'll start Sunday against the Vikings with top quarterback Dak Prescott's (ankle) status "up in the air," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Even after a Week 7 bye, Prescott -- who is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff -- doesn't appear to have made a full recovery from the strained calf he suffered on the final play of Dallas' overtime win over the Patriots in Week 6. While Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network note that Prescott is pushing to play and will go through his normal pregame warmup routine, the franchise signal-caller was only able to take part in walk-through activities and 7-on-7 drills during practice this week. With that in mind, Dallas could be inclined to take a cautious approach with Prescott if there's any concern about his health coming out of warmups, potentially leaving Rush in line for his first extended regular-season action. Rush has previously made six appearances in his four-plus seasons in the NFL, logging only 29 snaps in total and attempting just three passes.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Falls flat in preseason finale

    Rush completed four of eight passes for 16 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Jaguars. The 27-year-old got the start in the preseason finale but had no success moving the ball, although he was working with the Cowboys' second-team offensive line and skill players against Jacksonville's first-team defense. Garrett Gilbert replaced Rush after three series and only did a little better against the Jags' second-teamers, leaving the backup situation behind Dak Prescott (shoulder) just as murky as it was coming into the game. There's still a strong chance Dallas will find a veteran QB to be the team's No. 2 after rosters are cut down Tuesday rather than trusting either Gilbert or Rush, but the front office did miss a chance to acquire Gardner Minshew earlier this week for only a Day 3 draft pick in 2022, which suggests the team isn't willing to give up any kind of real asset to address the position.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Making push for backup job

    Rush could be putting pressure on Garrett Gilbert for the No. 2 QB job behind Dak Prescott (shoulder), Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports. Rush was by far the most effective signal-caller for the Cowboys on Saturday night, completing 10 of 12 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Gilbert, who got the start, completed three of five passes for 30 yards and lost a fumble, and Ben DiNucci was picked off three times by the Texans' second and third-string defenders in the second half. Any camp battle could wind up moot if the team brings in a more established veteran after rosters get cut down across the league, but based on Saturday's showing Rush is making a case to surpass Gilbert on the current depth chart.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Looks healthy Friday

    Rush completed seven of 13 passes for 89 yards in Friday's preseason loss to the Cardinals. He didn't throw a touchdown pass or an interception. The 27-year-old picked up a minor shoulder injury last week, but Rush didn't seem bothered by it in Arizona. He was once again the second QB in the game after Garrett Gilbert, but Rush hasn't done much in exhibition action so far to put pressure on Gilbert for the No. 2 role during the regular season behind Dak Prescott (shoulder).
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Returns to practice

    Rush (back) is present at Tuesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Rush missed two days of practice due to a back injury, but he's already gotten healthy enough to get back on the field. The 27-year-old veteran is competing with Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci for reserve work behind Dak Prescott (ankle).
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  • Cooper Rush: Demoted to practice squad

    Rush reverted to the Cowboys' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log. Rush was active as a backup option to Garrett Gilbert for Sunday's home game against the Steelers, but he was not needed in a surprisingly close contest that ultimately saw Pittsburgh prevail 24-19. Ben DiNucci was a healthy scratch for Week 9, meaning that if Andy Dalton (concussion/illness) can't gain medical clearance by the time Dallas next plays Nov. 22 against Minnesota, Rush may be called up once again.
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  • Cooper Rush: Likely not starting Week 9

    Rush is not expected to start Sunday's game against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. It appears as if Garrett Gilbert will take over as the Cowboys' starting quarterback Sunday in lieu of Rush, who is expected to be called up to the active roster sometime this weekend. Given Ben DiNucci's struggles in the same role last week, it'll be interesting to see whether Rush or DiNucci acts as the backup in what figures to be a tough matchup against the Steelers' defense.
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  • Cooper Rush: Being considered for Week 9 start

    The Cowboys are considering going with Rush as their starting quarterback Sunday against the Steelers after Andy Dalton (concussion) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. There was optimism Dalton would get through the concussion protocol in time for Sunday's game, only for the veteran to contract COVID-19. Ben DiNucci got the first opportunity to replace Dalton this past Sunday at Philadelphia, leading the Cowboys to a 23-9 loss while completing 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards, getting sacked four times, losing two fumbles and gaining 22 yards on five carries. The ugly performance seems to be swaying coach Mike McCarthy to consider other options, namely Rush, who currently is on the team's practice squad. If McCarthy really is looking at all his options, Garrett Gilbert is the other healthy QB in addition to DiNucci on the active roster.
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  • Cooper Rush: Drops from practice squad

    The Giants cut Rush from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Rush followed Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from Dallas to the Big Apple, but after three weeks, the QB was let go in favor of Clayton Thorson. Rush will seek a new practice squad role elsewhere.
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  • Cooper Rush: Inks practice squad contract

    The Giants signed Rush to their practice squad Sunday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Rush has a history with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from their time in Dallas together, so he'll be a dependable depth QB heading into the 2020 season.
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  • Cooper Rush: Shifts to waivers

    The Giants waived Rush on Saturday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was Rush's head coach in Dallas last year, but Rush couldn't beat out Colt McCoy to be Daniel Jones' backup in 2020. Rush may stick around on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
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  • Cooper Rush: Done in Dallas

    Rush was waived by the Cowboys on Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Dallas' decision to cut Rush comes following the news that Andy Dalton has officially signed with the team as Dak Prescott's backup. The selection of developmental project Ben DiNucci in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft also accounts for the team's No. 3 spot, making Rush the odd man out in Dallas' quarterback room. The 26-year-old only attempted three regular-season passes in three years after joining the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in 2017, and he'll now be free to look for another depth opportunity with a new organization.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Signs RFA tender

    Rush signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. The Cowboys locked Rush up for 2020 via a restricted free agent tender, putting him on track to return as the team's No. 2 option behind Dak Prescott. The Cowboys could still bring in competition for the backup gig during the offseason, and it's worth noting that second-year man Clayton Thorson will be retained for at least another year after having signed a reserve/futures contract.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Set as No. 2 quarterback

    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.
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  • Cowboys' Cooper Rush: Sees minimal action as rookie

    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.
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