Cooper Rush

Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7
Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7

Cooper Rush News

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



Starting for Prescott in Week 8

Rush will start in place of Dak Prescott (calf) on Sunday in Minnesota, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Prescott's availability came down to a pregame warmup as he tends to a right calf strain suffered back in Week 6 at New England. Over the course of the workout, it became increasingly clear that Rush would be the starter, with Rush getting the initial throws and Prescott and Will Grier mixing in behind him, according to Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. With Prescott officially inactive, Rush will earn his first NFL start. How Rush fares remains to be seen because he has just three career passes and two rushes under his belt, but he did throw for at least 3,100 yards and 23 TDs in each of his final three seasons at Central Michigan from 2014 through 2016.

Oct 31, 2021 4:02 PM EST


Staying ready for potential start

Rush took all of the Cowboys' team reps in practice this week, and some within the organization believe he'll start Sunday against the Vikings with top quarterback Dak Prescott's (ankle) status "up in the air," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Even after a Week 7 bye, Prescott -- who is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff -- doesn't appear to have made a full recovery from the strained calf he suffered on the final play of Dallas' overtime win over the Patriots in Week 6. While Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network note that Prescott is pushing to play and will go through his normal pregame warmup routine, the franchise signal-caller was only able to take part in walk-through activities and 7-on-7 drills during practice this week. With that in mind, Dallas could be inclined to take a cautious approach with its franchise signal-caller if there's any concern about his health coming out of the warmup, potentially leaving Rush in line for his first extended regular-season action. Rush has previously made six appearances in his four-plus seasons in the NFL, logging only 29 snaps in total and attempting just three passes.

Oct 31, 2021 6:15 AM EST


Wins No. 2 gig

Rush is one of two quarterbacks on the Cowboys' roster after the team cut Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci on Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Cowboys could still tentatively pursue another veteran option, but for at least the time being Rush looks slated to operate as the backup to Dak Prescott (shoulder). That said, the team did recently pass on the opportunity to acquire Gardner Minshew in exchange for a late-round draft pick, instead allowing the Eagles to do so, which may be an indication that Dallas isn't in the market for an alternative backup option.

Aug 31, 2021 8:54 AM EST



Falls flat in preseason finale

Rush completed four of eight passes for 16 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: The 27-year-old got the start in the preseason finale but had no success moving the ball, although he was working with the Cowboys' second-team offensive line and skill players against Jacksonville's first-team defense. Garrett Gilbert replaced Rush after three series and only did a little better against the Jags' second-teamers, leaving the backup situation behind Dak Prescott (shoulder) just as murky as it was coming into the game. There's still a strong chance Dallas will find a veteran QB to be the team's No. 2 after rosters are cut down Tuesday rather than trusting either Gilbert or Rush, but the front office did miss a chance to acquire Gardner Minshew earlier this week for only a Day 3 draft pick in 2022, which suggests the team isn't willing to give up any kind of real asset to address the position.

Aug 29, 2021 3:25 PM EST


Making push for backup job

Rush could be putting pressure on Garrett Gilbert for the No. 2 QB job behind Dak Prescott (shoulder), Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Analysis: Rush was by far the most effective signal caller for the Cowboys on Saturday night, completing 10 of 12 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile Gilbert, who got the start, completed three of five passes for 30 yards and lost a fumble, while Ben DiNucci was picked off three times by the Texans' second and third-string defenders in the second half. Any camp battle could wind up moot if the team brings in a more established veteran after rosters get cut down across the league, but based on Saturday's showing, Rush is making a case to surpass Gilbert on the current depth chart.

Aug 22, 2021 10:42 AM EST


Looks healthy Friday

Rush completed seven of 13 passes for 89 yards in Friday's preseason loss to the Cardinals. He didn't throw a touchdown pass or an interception.

Analysis: The 27-year-old picked up a minor shoulder injury last week, but Rush didn't seem bothered by it in Arizona. He was once again the second QB in the game after Garrett Gilbert, but Rush hasn't done much in exhibition action so far to put pressure on Gilbert for the No. 2 role during the regular season behind Dak Prescott (shoulder).

Aug 14, 2021 6:12 AM EST


Picks up shoulder injury

Rush missed Saturday's joint practice with the Rams due to a shoulder injury, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: With Dak Prescott (shoulder) not in attendance for Thursday's Hall of Fame Game, Rush was the second Cowboys' quarterback on the field after backup Garrett Gilbert and ahead of fellow reserve Ben DiNucci. Rush completed eight of 13 passes for 70 yards, but he apparently came out the other side with a health concern. He'll aim to get healthy for the team's next preseason game Friday in Arizona.

Aug 7, 2021 5:41 PM EST


Returns to practice

Rush (back) is present at Tuesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Rush missed two days of practice due to a back injury, but he's already gotten healthy enough to get back on the field. The 27-year-old veteran is competing with Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci for reserve work behind Dak Prescott (ankle).

Jul 27, 2021 12:49 PM EST


Dealing with back spasms

Rush didn't participate at Sunday's practice due to back spasms, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Rush had the injury crop up Saturday and has now missed two straight practices due to the issue. The 27-year-old has less than two weeks to get healthy before the Hall of Fame Game versus Pittsburgh on Aug. 5.

Jul 25, 2021 2:37 PM EST


Secures pact with Dallas

Rush signed a contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Rush signed a contract with Dallas as part of the reserves/future list for the 2021 season. The quarterback first joined Dallas back in 2017 as an undrafted free agent, and since then has bounced back and forth from the practice squad.

Jan 4, 2021 1:01 PM EST


Demoted to practice squad

Rush reverted to the Cowboys' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Rush was active as a backup option to Garrett Gilbert for Sunday's home game against the Steelers, but he was not needed in a surprisingly close contest that ultimately saw Pittsburgh prevail 24-19. Ben DiNucci was a healthy scratch for Week 9, meaning that if Andy Dalton (concussion/illness) can't gain medical clearance by the time Dallas next plays Nov. 22 against Minnesota, Rush may be called up once again.

Nov 9, 2020 6:05 PM EST


Likely not starting Week 9

Rush is not expected to start Sunday's game against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It appears as if Garrett Gilbert will take over as the Cowboys' starting quarterback Sunday in lieu of Rush, who is expected to be called up to the active roster sometime this weekend. Given Ben DiNucci's struggles in the same role last week, it'll be interesting to see whether Rush or DiNucci act as the backup, particularly in what figures to be a tough matchup against the Steelers' defense.

Nov 7, 2020 8:13 AM EST


Being considered for Week 9 start

The Cowboys are considering going with Rush as their starting quarterback Sunday against the Steelers after Andy Dalton (concussion) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: There was optimism Dalton would get through the concussion protocol in time for Sunday's game, only for the veteran to contract COVID-19. Ben DiNucci got the first opportunity to replace Dalton this past Sunday at Philadelphia, leading the Cowboys to a 23-9 loss while completing 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards, getting sacked four times, losing two fumbles and gaining 22 yards on five carries. The ugly performance seems to be swaying coach Mike McCarthy to consider other options, namely Rush, who currently is on the team's practice squad. If McCarthy really is looking at all his options, Garrett Gilbert is the other healthy QB in addition to DiNucci on the active roster.

Nov 3, 2020 11:48 AM EST


Getting look from Houston

Rush will participate in a workout with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The 26-year-old quarterback most recently suited up as a member of the Giants' practice squad, but he apparently did not show enough for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to consider him indispensable. Houston is taking a look at its developmental quarterback options, as the team currently has AJ McCarron, a Bill O'Brien-era holdover playing on a $4 million deal, in place as the No. 2 QB behind Deshaun Watson.

Oct 11, 2020 9:15 AM EST


Drops from practice squad

The Giants cut Rush from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Rush followed Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from Dallas to the Big Apple, but after three weeks, the QB was let go in favor of Clayton Thorson. Thorson will seek a new practice squad role elsewhere.

Sep 29, 2020 4:22 PM EST


Inks practice squad contract

The Giants signed Rush to their practice squad Sunday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Rush has a history with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett from their time in Dallas together, so he'll be a dependable depth QB heading into the 2020 season.

Sep 9, 2020 7:07 PM EST


Shifts to waivers

The Giants waived Rush on Saturday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was Rush's head coach in Dallas last year, but Rush couldn't beat out Colt McCoy to be Daniel Jones' backup in 2020. Rush may stick around on the practice squad if he clears waivers.

Sep 5, 2020 8:54 PM EST


Scooped by Giants

The Giants claimed Rush off waivers from the Cowboys on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rush will reunite with former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who accepted a position with the Giants as an offensive coordinator after being dismissed by Dallas in January. The 26-year-old will likely battle with veterans Colt McCoy and Alex Tanney for the one or two backup spots available behind second-year starter Daniel Jones.

May 5, 2020 1:43 PM EST


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