It looks like Dak Prescott will have the Cowboys’ quarterback room all to himself after Tuesday’s roster deadline.
The seven-year veteran is currently the only signal-caller on Dallas’ 53-man roster after the team cut all three of its backups: Cooper Rush, Will Grier, and Ben DiNucci. Grier is subject to waivers, while Rush is not.
The cowboys are said to be planning to bring back at least one quarterback after they can move other veterans to injured reserve, including left tackle Tyron Smith and wide receiver James Washington. Dallas could also find other quarterbacks left on the market after Tuesday’s league-wide rosters.
Rush has been with the Cowboys since 2017, outside of a brief stint with the Giants in 2020. He played in five games with one start last season and completed 30 of 47 passes for 422 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
The Cowboys claimed Grier off waivers last September. The former third-round pick out of West Virginia made two starts for the Panthers in 2019.
DiNucci, a seventh-round pick in 2020, started one game for the Cowboys and appeared in three contests as a rookie. He spent last season on the practice squad.
Prescott has dealt with a series of injuries in recent years – including his ankle, calf and throwing shoulder.
In March, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said Prescott underwent “cleanup” surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder.
“There is no concern. We have no concern,” McCarthy said at the time. Prescott later said he had no problems following the procedure.
This year, Prescott had a full offseason program for the first time since 2019.
The 29-year-old quarterback spent most of last year’s offseason rehabbing from ankle surgery that sidelined him for the final 11 games of 2020. He was a full participant to begin training camp last summer but did not play in the preseason as a precaution. due to a strained right shoulder.
Prescott started 17 of 18 games last season, including the playoffs, when he threw a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes with a career-high 68.8 completion percentage.