Mike McCarthy Sounds Ready to Waive a Cowboys Quarterback

Will the Cowboys risk shaking up their QB depth chart this close to the season?

The Cowboys are clearly considering a risky roster move on their quarterback depth chart.
The Cowboys are clearly considering a risky roster move on their quarterback depth chart. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages
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The Dallas Cowboys have one of the more unusual quarterback depth charts in the NFL. The starter is obviously set as Dak Prescott, and there's nobody truly pushing Cooper Rush as the QB2. Even in training camp, however, there's only one QB3 on the team. That kind of leaves Will Grier competing only with himself.

And that makes McCarthy's comments on Grier's preseason playing time especially interesting.

Grier already played three quarters in the preseason opener, and honestly it's no surprise that he gets most of the run. With no competition for Dak or Rush, those guys just need enough time to shake off the rust. But to be specifically focusing on getting a "super long" look at Grier is telling.

Last season Grier was also the only QB3 option on the roster, and the Cowboys waived him. He cleared waivers, so we were able to stash him on the practices squad before eventually calling him up.

So now we face an interesting situation. I suspect McCarthy wants to keep Grier in Dallas. This isn't about whether we get rid of him or not. It seems to be more about whether it's worth the risk of trying to stash him on the practice squad again.

If the Cowboys waive Grier and another team claims him off waivers, we're out of luck and need to find a new third QB on the depth chart. We were willing to take that risk last year to get an extra open spot on the 53-man roster, but if Grier shows out enough in the preseason then that may not be a gamble we repeat in 2023.

A former third-round pick in 2019, Grier didn't show much in two rookie-year starts for the Carolina Panthers (28/52, 0 TD, 4 INT). The Cowboys clearly saw something they liked though, claiming Grier off waivers themselves after he was released by the Panthers.

Grier's not going to get a legit shot at starting no matter where he goes, so it may well be in his best interest to stay in Dallas where they like him enough to not even bring in any competition for that QB3 spot. So he's gonna want to really show out this week to prove that Dallas needs to avoid any risk and carry him as a full-timer on the 53-man roster.

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