|Team:||New York Giants|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 229 lb.|
|Born:||November 21, 1993|
|Drafted:||2017 / UDFA|
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.
Rush was waived by the Cowboys on Monday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Dallas' decision to cut Rush comes following the news that Andy Dalton has officially signed with the team as Dak Prescott's backup. The selection of developmental project Ben DiNucci in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft also accounts for the team's No. 3 spot, making Rush the odd man out in Dallas' quarterback room. The 26-year-old only attempted three regular-season passes in three years since joining the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in 2017, and he'll now be free to look for another depth opportunity with a new organization.
Rush could see his Cowboys tenure come to an end after the team signed Andy Dalton to be Dak Prescott's backup.
Analysis: An undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan in 2017, Rush has held down the No. 2 QB spot behind Prescott but has only attempted three regular-season passes in three years. With a solid veteran in Dalton now on hand, and 2020 seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci available as a developmental option for new coach Mike McCarthy if the club wants to carry a third quarterback on the gameday roster, there would appear to be no room for Rush as well.
Rush signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys have opted to lock Rush up for 2020 via a restricted free agent tender, putting him on track to return as the team's No. 2 option behind Dak Prescott. It remains to be seen whether the Cowboys will bring in competition for the backup gig during the offseason, and it's worth noting that Clayton Thorson will be retained for at least another year after having signed a reserve/futures contract.
The Cowboys gave Rush a restricted free agent tender, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old backup quarterback has played 26 offensive snaps in three seasons with Dallas, last throwing a pass in a regular-season game in 2017. Rush was shaky during preseason play the past two years, so it won't come as any surprise if the Cowboys bring in competition for the No. 2 QB job. To that effect, Clayton Thorson spent most of 2019 on the team's practice squad and then signed a reserve/futures contract at the end of the season.
Rush completed 15 of 25 passes for 173 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.
Analysis: The third-year QB has played error-free, if not exactly electric, football this preseason, completing 61.2 percent of his passes (41-for-67) for 408 yards (6.1 YPA) with a 1:0 TD:INT through three games. Unless the Cowboys front office looks outside the organization when rosters get cut down for a veteran alternative, Rush appears locked into the No. 2 spot behind Dak Prescott on the depth chart.
Head coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Rush will enter the season as the backup quarterback, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Rush has not been a standout backup for the Cowboys since joining the team last season, but Garrett went on to praise Rush's body of work since the start of the offseason. Should starter Dak Prescott suffer an injury at any point this season, Dallas will not be in great standing with Rush as its current backup.
Rush completed 15 of 23 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game against the 49ers.
Analysis: The second-year QB is in a camp battle with fifth-round pick Mike White to be Dak Prescott's No. 2, and at least on Thursday, Rush looked like the better man for the job. White will get his chances this preseason, but whichever of them becomes the game-day backup will still have very little fantasy value barring an injury to Prescott.
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