Rush completed 15 of 25 passes for 173 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.
The third-year QB has played error-free, if not exactly electric, football this preseason, completing 61.2 percent of his passes (41-for-67) for 408 yards (6.1 YPA) with a 1:0 TD:INT through three games. Unless the Cowboys front office looks outside the organization when rosters get cut down for a veteran alternative, Rush appears locked into the No. 2 spot behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart.
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 completed 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against the 49ers.
The second-year QB is in a camp battle with fifth-round pick Mike White to be Dak Prescott's No. 2, and at least Thursday, Rush looked like the better man for the job. White will get his chances this preseason, but whichever of them becomes the game-day backup will still have very little fantasy value barring an injury to Prescott.
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 12 of 13 pass attempts for 115 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 24-20 win over the Raiders. He gained 13 yards on his only rushing attempt.
Rush was given an extended outing at the expense of Kellen Moore in this one. He thrived with the opportunity and completed an 85-yard drive with a seven-yard strike to Ronnie Hillman before connecting with Lance Lenoir for a 44-yard score on the following drive. Rush has excelled this preseason and looks to be moving ahead of Moore as the regular season approaches. The two could be given a final opportunity to stake their claims to the backup position behind Dak Prescott, but Rush certainly seems to have the edge after this performance.
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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