Sometimes it can feel like your team is too good, like you have too much depth. There's not a lot of room on a 53-man NFL roster, and for top teams that means saying goodbye to some solid players.
Adding Trey Lance as the QB3 meant the Dallas Cowboys had no choice but to waive Will Grier despite his familiarity with the team and the strong case he made to make the roster in the preseason. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for another Super Bowl contender to add Grier to their QB room.
Will Grier Bengals
The Cowboys probably would have been willing to sign Grier to their practice squad again, but it's not hard to see why he wouldn't want that role. Being the QB4 means your chances of even suiting up on gameday are pretty slim, and trading for Lance wasn't exactly a glowing endorsement of what the team thinks about Grier.
The Bengals, though, only have two QBs on the active roster. Joe Burrow is obviously the QB1, and Jake Browning is the only backup.
This not only means that Grier is QB3, but also that he has a real chance to compete for the QB2 role. Browning is a lot less accomplished of a backup than Cooper Rush, who Grier had no shot of passing in Dallas.
Browning spent two years on the Vikings practice squad as an undrafted free agent from 2019 to 2021 before joining Cincinnati in 2022. He's never played a regular season snap, but in the 2023 preseason Pro Football Focus gave him just a 60.4 overall grade, compared to a strong 72.2 for Grier.
It will take some time for Grier to learn the system to potentially overtake Browning, but he has a real shot at being the top backup behind Burrow as the season goes on.
It's a shame to lose a talented backup, but I'll certainly be rooting for Grier to make a mark in Cincy.
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