Like the other 31 NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys are now finalizing their active roster for Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.
Their starters are locked in, and they need to finalize the reserves.
However, ESPN’s Todd Archer shared that they only retained Dak Prescott at quarterback and there’s a reason behind it.
The Cowboys are keeping one QB on the 53-man roster for the time being: Dak Prescott. Cooper Rush and Will Grier have been released, according to sources. Rush does not go through waivers; Grier does. Likely both will be back in some form – PS or active – to serve as backup.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 30, 2022
He tweeted, “The Cowboys are keeping one QB on the 53-man roster for the time being: Dak Prescott. Cooper Rush and Will Grier have been released, according to sources. Rush does not go through waivers; Grier does. Likely both will be back in some form – PS or active – to serve as backup.”
However, he shed some light on what the Cowboys are trying to achieve.
Archer added, “Don’t be alarmed. It’s roster manipulation at the moment to be prepared for moves to come over the next few days. They can have a wink-wink deal with Rush since he’s a vested vet. Grier would be back if unclaimed as well.”
He closed the thread by saying, “Many of these moves by teams today are ways to work around the 53-man roster limit. In effect, they are going with 56-57-man rosters with how practice squad call-ups now work these days.”
Getting Extra Roster Spots
Essentially, the Cowboys are expanding their roster by making Rush and Grier available.
It’s not as if teams will grab them because most squads have finalized their quarterback depth chart.
Still, it is a gamble that could lose the Cowboys one or two backups.
But they are playing the odds that they will have both players back.
If they get both Rush and Grier back, they can send them to the practice squad first.
Activating them to the roster means that the Cowboys would have to send two players to take their spots.