Cooper Rush

Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7
Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7

Cooper Rush News

Struggles in SNF loss

Rush completed just 18 of 38 pass attempts for 181 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Rush was harassed from start to finish, resulting in his worst outing since being forced to take over as the Cowboys' starting quarterback in Week 2. The 28-year-old had flourished as a game manager with four touchdowns and no turnovers over his last four starts before getting exposed by Philadelphia's secondary Sunday. Rush's run as starter may come to a close ahead of next Sunday's tilt against the Lions, as Dak Prescott (thumb) was able to get in a throwing session before Sunday's primetime loss. The quarterback situation in Dallas should become clearer as we progress through the upcoming practice week.

Oct 16, 2022 11:39 PM EST

Starting again in Week 6

Rush will serve as the Cowboys' starting quarterback Sunday at Philadelphia with Dak Prescott (thumb) inactive.

Analysis: Such was the expectation, but Prescott may have put himself in a position to return Week 7 versus the Lions after going through a throwing session ahead of Sunday's game. In the meantime, though, Rush will receive a fifth consecutive start, the first four of which resulted in Cowboys wins. During those performances, he completed 62 percent of his passes (65 of 105) for 705 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Oct 16, 2022 4:09 PM EST

Likely for another start

The Cowboys are preparing for Rush and not Dak Prescott (thumb) to start Sunday's game versus the Eagles, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Analysis: While the Cowboys aren't completing dismissing the idea of Prescott putting an end to his four-game absence this weekend, McCarthy noted that the franchise signal-caller will only do "light throwing" on the sideline Wednesday during Dallas' first official Week 6 practice, per Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports. Unless Prescott's surgically repaired thumb shows dramatic healing in the next two days that allows him to grip the football and throw at optimal velocity without inhibition, Rush looks as though he'll be making his fifth consecutive start. The Cowboys have thus far gone 4-0 under Rush's stewardship, though much of the credit during that unbeaten run goes to the team's stalwart defense. For his part, Rush hasn't turned the ball over and has thrown for four touchdowns, but he's averaging a so-so 7.4 yards per attempt while completing 61.9 percent of his passes.

Oct 12, 2022 9:07 AM EST

Quiet in Sunday's win

Rush completed 10 of 16 passes for 102 yards without a touchdown of interception in Sunday's 22-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: He also lost one yard on four carries. The 28-year-old quarterback had a poor performance from a fantasy perspective, but Rush didn't need to be a hero with the defense and running game carrying the load. Dak Prescott (thumb) has yet to show the progress in his recovery he'd need to in order to get back on the field, which likely leaves Rush under center once again in Week 6 in what's become a huge NFC East showdown with the undefeated Eagles.

Oct 9, 2022 6:54 PM EST

Another start awaits

Rush is set to make his fourth straight start Sunday against the Rams with Dak Prescott (thumb) having yet to make enough progress in his recovery to play this weekend, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Dallas formally signed Will Grier -- who had backed up Rush in each of the previous three contests -- from the practice squad Tuesday, which supports the notion that Prescott isn't on track to be available even as an emergency No. 2 option. A return Week 6 against the Eagles is still a realistic possibility for Prescott, but Rush will get at least one more chance to direct the Dallas offense. Rush has been a competent caretaker while leading the Cowboys to wins of the Bengals, Giants and Commanders. He has yet to commit a turnover this season and has completed 61.8 percent of his throws for 7.6 yards per attempt and four touchdowns.

Oct 4, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Another solid showing

Rush completed 15 of 27 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns against Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: While Rush's modest pass attempt volume is reflective of his game-manager limitations, he continues to play very clean football and makes the throws he needs to. CeeDee Lamb (six catches for 97 yards and one touchdown on eight targets) was highly effective, and Rush conducted two of Dallas' biggest plays in the game with a 45-yard pass to Noah Brown and a nine-yard touchdown to Michael Gallup. Although Dak Prescott (thumb) might return in Week 5, at the very least Rush has shown that the Dallas offense can remain functional if he needs to play in the future.

Oct 2, 2022 2:11 PM EST

Shows composure in primetime win

Rush completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 215 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Monday's 23-16 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Rush completed all five of his pass attempts for 64 yards on a drive that ended in an Ezekiel Elliott touchdown to tie the game late in the third quarter. One possession later, Rush completed seven passes for 65 yards and connected with CeeDee Lamb for a one-yard score to give the Cowboys the lead. Rush has been relied upon primarily as a game manager in the absence of Dak Prescott (thumb), but he has led the Cowboys to two victories in each of his two starts.

Sep 26, 2022 10:05 PM EST

Mistake-free effort in Week 2 win

Rush completed 19 of 31 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: The backup quarterback remarkably won his second straight start for Dallas after he guided the team to a Week 8 victory last year against Minnesota. Much of Rush's production came in a dynamic first quarter that saw the Cowboys jump out to a 14-3 lead, including a nine-yard TD strike to Noah Brown, but after the Bengals rallied to tie it 17-17 late in the fourth, he led his squad on a final scoring drive with less than a minute left to set up a game-winning field goal by Brett Maher. With Dak Prescott (thumb) sidelined for at least a couple more games and probably longer, Rush will get a chance to prove he's more than a one-game wonder in Week 3 against a Giants defense that just held Baker Mayfield to less than 150 passing yards.

Sep 18, 2022 6:37 PM EST

Officially on active roster

Rush, who is expected to start Sunday against the Bengals, signed a contract with the Cowboys on Saturday, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Rush was technically on the practice squad and previously was a Week 1 call up, but the Cowboys quickly rectified the issue by officially signing the backup to the 53-man squad. Rush is expected to start Sunday against the Bengals with Will Grier perhaps projected to act as his backup.

Sep 17, 2022 10:18 AM EST

Next man up with Prescott out

Rush is expected to step in as Dallas' starting quarterback beginning with Sunday's game against the Bengals with Dak Prescott likely to miss 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to address a fractured right hand, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Prescott exited in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' season-opening 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay over the weekend after suffering the injury when his hand struck the helmet of Buccaneers defender Shaquil Barrett. Rush stepped in to finish the contest, completing seven of 13 attempts for 64 yards while taking two sacks. Once Prescott is officially placed on injured reserve in the coming days, Rush, who was elevated from the practice squad Sunday, is expected to be formally signed to the 53-man roster. Will Grier is another candidate to be promoted from the practice squad to provide depth behind Rush, but during Prescott's upcoming absence, expect Dallas to look outside the organization to add at least one more quarterback to the 53-man roster or to he practice squad to restore numbers at the position. Over eight contests during his five-year NFL career, Rush has been a capable game manager with a 60.3 percent completion rate for 7.7 yards per attempt, three touchdowns and one interception, but he doesn't present much of a threat as a scrambler and is likely to preside over a run-heavy offense led by Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard while Prescott is on the mend. Rush's fantasy appeal thus appears to be limited to two-quarterback and superflex formats, and he may be only a low-end lineup option in those formats while he's serving as Dallas' starter.

Sep 12, 2022 5:32 AM EST

Called up for Week 1

Rush has been called up to the Cowboys' 53-man roster ahead of their Week 1 game against the Buccaneers, Todd Archer of reports.

Analysis: Although he was named the team's No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott, Dallas has kept Rush on their practice squad until now. The 28-year-old will now be available under center should anything ultimately happen to Prescott.

Sep 10, 2022 10:55 AM EST

Named No. 2 QB for Dallas

Rush will back up Dak Prescott to begin the season, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: While Rush is currently on the practice squad as part of some roster juggling shenanigans by the Cowboys, the 28-year-old will be promoted to the active roster ahead of Week 1's game against the Buccaneers. Rush started only one game last season but he made it count, leading Dallas to a Week 8 win in Minnesota.

Sep 2, 2022 7:42 AM EST

Joins Cowboys' practice squad

Rush has signed with Dallas' practice squad, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Rush was competing with Will Grier for the backup quarterback position behind Dak Prescott during training camp. The team ultimately opted to cut both and keep Prescott as the lone quarterback on the 53-man roster. He will now continue practicing with the team in order to stay ready for his next opportunity.

Aug 31, 2022 5:31 PM EST

Released by Dallas

The Cowboys released Rush on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Rush and Will Grier were competing for the top backup spot behind Dak Prescott, but it appears like neither quarterback will have a spot on the team's initial 53-man roster. The Cowboys will likely bring back at least one of the two backup quarters via a practice squad deal so they can operate as an emergency option during game days.

Aug 30, 2022 9:42 AM EST

Plays pair of possessions Saturday

Rush completed three of six pass attempts for 32 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Cowboys' 32-18 preseason win over the Chargers on Saturday night.

Analysis: Rush started his second straight exhibition, but he saw less work than during the preseason-opening loss to the Broncos a week earlier when he went 12-for-20 for 84 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. The Central Michigan product played the first two offensive series before calling it a night, and he heads into the exhibition finale against the Seahawks on Friday seemingly locked into the No. 2 job.

Aug 20, 2022 10:03 PM EST

Starting Saturday's exhibition

Coach Mike McCarthy said Rush will start Saturday's preseason game at the Chargers with Dak Prescott not suiting up, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Like he did preseason Week 1 at Denver, Rush will get the nod first under center for the Cowboys. In that contest, he complete 12 of 20 passes for 84 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while adding nine-yard carry. Once Rush is done for the contest, Will Grier will enter for him, with Ben Dinucci working the fourth quarter.

Aug 20, 2022 6:17 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jul 5, 2022 1:10 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Jan 11, 2022 12:57 PM EST

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) was on track to start Week 9 upon returning to full participation in practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prescott was viewed as a game-time decision last week leading up to the Cowboys' eventual 20-16 win over the Vikings, so it comes as little surprise that he's trending toward a 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).

Nov 4, 2021 11:48 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 31, 2021 11:07 PM EST

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