Will Grier

Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7
Dallas Cowboys
Quarterback #7

Will Grier News

Season concludes

Grier (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Grier has not been active on game day since Week 8, with Cooper Rush occupying the backup role ahead of him. Even with Dallas hoping to make a deep postseason run, Grier's third season as a pro is over without him having recorded a statistic.

Jan 10, 2022 7:43 PM EST


Inactive again

Grier (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Grier hasn't dressed for Dallas since Week 8, when top backup Cooper Rush made a spot start against the Vikings while Dak Prescott was sidelined with a calf injury. Expect Grier to remain a fixture on the inactive list the rest of the season so long as Prescott and Rush are both available on gamedays.

Dec 19, 2021 9:43 AM EST



Logs full practice Wednesday

Grier (knee) was able to log a full practice for the Cowboys Wednesday.

Analysis: Grier suffered a knee injury at practice before the Cowboys' Week 10 contest with the Falcons. The quarterback's status won't have much of an impact on the Cowboys' offense.

Nov 17, 2021 6:52 PM EST


Inactive against Atlanta

Grier (knee) is inactive ahead of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Grier was limited in practice Friday due to a knee injury and he's been ruled out of this contest. However, his fantasy upside is almost non-existent as a third-string signal-caller and his absence won't affect any fantasy rosters.

Nov 14, 2021 8:46 AM EST


Lands on injury report

Grier is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons due to a knee injury, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Grier popped up as a limited participant at Friday's practice due to a knee injury. It is unclear when the issue was sustained, but it presumably occurred at some point during the week. His status as the team's No. 3 quarterback will now depend on how he is feeling closer to kickoff.

Nov 12, 2021 3:59 PM EST



Lands in Dallas behind Dak

The Cowboys claimed Grier on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's an excellent outcome for Grier after he lost a backup battle to P.J. Walker in Carolina. The Cowboys kept Cooper Rush on the initial 53-man roster behind Dak Prescott, but with multiple reporters suggesting the team could look outside the organization for its in-season backup quarterback. While Grier won't automatically be the guy, he should at least get a chance. The 2019 third-round pick is 26 years old.

Sep 1, 2021 9:34 AM EST


Sent to waivers

The Panthers waived Grier on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Grier, a 2019 third-round pick, wasn't able to beat out P.J. Walker for the backup gig behind Sam Darnold. The 26-year-old is coming off back-to-back impressive preseason outings, so it may be that the Panthers are hoping to bring him back via the practice squad. Of course, another team could interrupt those plans by claiming Grier off waivers.

Aug 31, 2021 8:20 AM EST


Scores on ground

Grier completed five of seven passes for 47 yards and rushed three times for 22 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's 34-9 preseason win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Grier played behind Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker, with the latter's 5-for-10 night for 83 passing yards most relevant as Grier competes to serve as the former's backup. Although his passing performance wasn't too different from Walker's, Grier surprised with a rare 24-yard touchdown scamper to begin the fourth quarter. After two straight impactful showings, it'll now be interesting to see whether Grier has done enough to unseat Walker for the No. 2 job ahead of Carolina's season opener against the Jets.

Aug 28, 2021 6:33 AM EST


Impresses in defeat

Grier completed 11 of 14 passes for 144 yards in Saturday's 20-3 preseason loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Grier started and played until the second drive of the second half, impressing with his performance along the way. Although Carolina managed just three points, Grier had a couple connections of over 25 yards to rookies Chuba Hubbard and Terrace Marshall. His efficient play contrasted teammate PJ Walker's one-for-eight passing outing, tightening the competition to serve as Sam Darnold's backup going into Friday's exhibition finale versus the Steelers.

Aug 22, 2021 12:17 PM EST


Plays second half

Grier played the second half of Sunday's 21-18 preseason loss to the Colts, completing 6 of 10 passes for 31 yards.

Analysis: Grier watched P.J. Walker start for the Panthers and finish with 161 passing yards and a touchdown in the first half. Walker also left with Carolina winning the game, only for Grier and the team's reserves to muster just three second-half points. As it stands, Grier seems firmly behind Walker on the depth chart, but has two more preseason outings to push to become Sam Darnold's backup.

Aug 16, 2021 7:06 AM EST


No game time in second season

Grier did not play a snap during the 2020 season, as P.J. Walker was preferred to him when the Panthers were without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Analysis: Grier, a third-round pick in 2019, made two appearances as a rookie, and even though he and Walker alternated being active over the course of this season, Walker ultimately got the call to play when Bridgewater was out. Looking ahead to the 2021 campaign, despite Grier remaining under contract, it appears unlikely his situation will improve as long as he remains in Carolina, as both Bridgewater and Walker are also due to return, and the team could always draft or sign another signal-caller during the offseason.

Jan 11, 2021 4:43 PM EST


Set for No. 2 role in Week 11

Grier is slated to serve as the backup quarterback Sunday against the Lions, with P.J. Walker receiving the start in place of the inactive Teddy Bridgewater (knee), David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While Walker could have a short leash if he struggles early on in the contest, his appointment to the starting role implies that he's leapfrogged Grier on the depth chart after head coach Matt Rhule implied earlier this week that both signal-callers would be competing for the No. 2 job. Both Walker and Grier ended up seeing some reps with the first-team offense while Bridgewater was limited by an MCL sprain, but the Panthers are seemingly confident that Bridgewater will be ready to return to the lineup for a Week 13 game in Minnesota. If that's the case, Grier may find himself inactive as the No. 3 quarterback next week, assuming Walker acquits himself well in the start.

Nov 22, 2020 9:23 AM EST


Backup gig up for grabs

Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he intends to give Grier and P.J. Walker even practice reps this week to determine who earns the No. 2 quarterback job, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Top quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) managed to begin the week with a limited practice, but the MCL sprain in his right knee still puts his availability for Week 11 in question. Whomever of Grier or Walker successfully wins the backup competition this week will therefore need to be monitored closely, particularly in fantasy leagues that start multiple quarterbacks.

Nov 18, 2020 2:48 PM EST


Takes back No. 2 role

Grier will serve as the team's backup quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Former XFL star P.J. Walker had taken backup duties from Grier the past three games, even playing in a game against the Falcons with Teddy Bridgewater injured. Grier will likely hold onto the No. 2 role barring any injuries or setbacks, as the West Viriginia product will add insurance at quarterback in case Bridgewater goes down again.

Nov 8, 2020 8:51 AM EST


Sitting out Sunday

Grier (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: Former XFL star P.J. Walker has jumped Grier on the depth chart and will back up Teddy Bridgewater during Sunday's divisional clash. Grier -- a third-round pick in 2019 -- will watch from the press box, and he'll need to battle hard in practice to reclaim the No. 2 job.

Oct 25, 2020 9:11 AM EST


Will be No. 2 QB against Cardinals

Grier is listed as the Panthers' backup quarterback for Sunday's matchup against Arizona, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Grier struggled during his 2019 rookie campaign when given opportunities, throwing to a 53.8 percent completion rate with zero touchdown passes and four interceptions in his two starts. Regardless of early turbulence in his career, Grier has still emerged as Carolina's No. 2 quarterback in three of the team's four games this season, while XFL standout P.J. Walker finds himself inactive for Week 4.

Oct 4, 2020 9:07 AM EST


Backing up Bridgewater on Sunday

Grier will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Teddy Bridgewater for Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Grier predictably beat out XFL star P.J. Walker for the backup role to Bridgewater. The 2019 third-round pick logged 87 snaps over two games in his rookie season, and he completed 54 percent of his passes and recorded 4.4 yards per attempt, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sep 13, 2020 9:41 AM EST


Clear of foot injury

Grier (foot) was fully cleared of his bone bruise and mid-foot sprain in February, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick started the final two games of his rookie year and completed 28 of 52 passes for 228 yards and four interceptions, but he went down in the season finale with the foot injury. Grier certainly struggled in his first NFL showing, but the Panthers were in a complete tailspin throughout the second half of the season. Teddy Bridgewater is set to start after signing a three-year, $63 million deal, while Grier will battle XFL standout P.J. Walker for backup duties.

Jun 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST


Getting MRI on foot

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said that Grier (foot) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Turner noted that Grier didn't fracture his left foot in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, but the rookie signal-caller is donning a walking boot as a precaution for now. The MRI should provide clarity on the extent of Grier's injury and allow the Panthers to put an estimated timeline on his return to activity. Grier started the final two games for the Panthers but looked far from NFL ready, completing 28 of 52 attempts (53.8 percent) for 228 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

Dec 30, 2019 8:50 AM EST


Won't be back Sunday

Grier (foot) won't return to Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Grier didn't fare well in his brief time on the field, completing one of eight passes for four yards and one interception, losing a fumble and logging three rushes for five yards. The extent of his foot injury isn't known, but considering he initially was termed doubtful to return, it may be serious. Kyle Allen will lead the Panthers offense for the remainder of this contest.

Dec 29, 2019 12:36 PM EST


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