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Getty The Dallas Cowboys have a difficult decision to make.

Dak Prescott has cemented his status as the Dallas Cowboys long-term QB1, but the backup competition is underway behind the face of the franchise. The Cowboys also have Cooper Rush, Will Grier and Ben DiNucci fighting for a roster spot during training camp.

The Cowboys are clearly not going to be able to have four quarterbacks on the active roster, and it remains to be seen if Dallas will keep three signal-callers. Heading into training camp, former Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus and team insider Bobby Belt made their predictions for the final 53-man roster. Belt believes that Grier will not make the final roster predicting the Cowboys will only keep two quarterbacks: Prescott and DiNucci.

“Starting off with the quarterbacks, I think [the Cowboys only keep] Cooper Rush and Dak Prescott,” Belt explained during a July 26 episode of the “Love of the Star” podcast. “Now, they did carry Will Grier at times last year. They did have three at a time, and Mike McCarthy is a quarterback guy.

“But I think there’s just going to be a couple areas [positions where cuts need to be made], especially assuming you’re going to have to hold on to Michael Gallup for a few weeks without him being on PUP. You’re just going to have to make a sacrifice somewhere, and that’s probably quarterback. Just my own opinion.”

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Grier Has Flashed During Training Camp

To be clear, Belt’s prediction was made prior to the start of training camp, and a strong preseason from Grier could make for a difficult decision in Dallas. The Cowboys could release both Grier and DiNucci only to re-sign one of the quarterbacks to the practice squad if they are not claimed by another team via waivers.

“I think around the league that the teams appreciated having the flexibility to be able to do that [keep veterans on the practice squad during COVID],” Broaddus responded. “Ben DiNucci, Will Grier, one of those guys is going to end up on your practice squad, likely as your third guy.”

So far, all indications are Grier is doing everything in his power to put pressure on the Cowboys about his future. Dallas 97.1 the Eagle’s Jeff Cavanaugh noted Grier has had a “solid camp.” WFAA’s Mike Leslie outlined why Rush headed into training camp with the upper hand while adding that Grier is making a run at the backup spot.

“Cooper Rush winning a game for the Cowboys in spot duty last year is an awfully big feather in his cap, and makes him hard to unseat as the Cowboys backup quarterback,” Leslie tweeted on July 29. “But Will Grier has done some nice things early on in this camp, that make him an intriguing guy to watch.”

Grier Was Once Projected to be a First-Round Pick

During his final collegiate season at West Virginia, Pro Football Focus projected Grier would be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Ultimately, the Panthers drafted Grier in the third round with the No. 100 overall pick.

The Cowboys successfully claimed Grier off waivers on September 1, 2021 after he was released by the Panthers. Heading into the draft, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler had Grier as his No. 5 ranked quarterback prospect believing the signal-caller had enough tools to eventually challenge for a starting job.

“Overall, Grier struggles to identify/feel pressures and his inconsistent decision-making is a concern, but he is a natural rhythm passer and once he finds that rhythm, he can be deadly, projecting as a backup NFL quarterback worthy of competing for a starting job,” Brugler wrote in his 2019 pre-draft guide.

Rush has a lot of momentum after leading the Cowboys to an October 31 victory last season when Prescott was sidelined with a calf injury. Time will tell if Grier’s play during training camp will be enough to secure the backup spot behind Prescott.

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Eagles RB Enters Concussion Protocol, 6 Players Miss Practice

Getty Miles Sanders and Boston Scott were part of a very effective Eagles backfield committee in 2021.

So much for those goofy-looking Guardian Caps protecting players from head injuries. Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott was listed out with a concussion on Saturday, an injury likely stemming from a hard collision with Marcus Epps at a recent practice.

Scott will enter the concussion protocol and miss a few days of training camp. He becomes the third Eagles player to suffer a head injury this summer, joining left tackles Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard. Those two guys got knocked out of the team’s first fully padded practice on August 2 on undisclosed plays.

Meanwhile, rookie tight end Grant Calcaterra remained out with a hamstring injury. Receivers DeVonta Smith (groin) and Greg Ward (toe) were missing in action at Saturday’s session. The Eagles have three practices and two walkthroughs left before the preseason opener on August 12 at Lincoln Financial Field. Real football is almost back.

Boston Scott concussion likely a result of Marcus Epps pop on Thurs.

— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 6, 2022

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A.J. Brown ‘Going to be a Problem’

Heavy’s Matt Lombardo attended Eagles camp on Saturday where he was diligently tracking all the big plays. One player who really stood out was receiver A.J. Brown who showed off his physicality on a post pattern. He’s going to be a problem for opposing defenses.

High expectations for the #Eagles WR corps this season … @HeavyOnSports

— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 6, 2022

Lombardo also walked away impressed by linebacker Kyzir White and undrafted rookie cornerback Josh Jobe. Prior to practice, Eagles special teams coordinator Michael Clay singled out Marcus Epps, Shaun Bradley, and T.J. Edwards as emerging leaders and “core special teamers.”

#Eagles Special Teams Coach Michael Clay calls rookie Nakobe Dean a “hardhat worker” who would do anything asked. Doesn’t rule him out on special teams. @HeavyOnSports

— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) August 6, 2022

Dealing with Extreme Heat at Training Camp

The Philadelphia area has been taken hostage by an extreme heat wave this summer. Temperatures reached 85 degrees on Saturday, but harsh humidity (64%) made it feel like a sauna on the field. The city issued a heat advisory. That’s been the norm throughout camp, or the “dog days” as some players have been calling it.

Longest training camp practice (1 hour, 45 minutes) on deck. Eagles players are in pads for a second straight session. Practice moved up an hour due to the heat. ☀️

— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) August 4, 2022

Head coach Nick Sirianni is being extra cautious about player health and safety. The major thing is monitoring injuries this time of year.

“The thing you dislike about it is you don’t want to lose guys,” Sirianni told reporters. “You’re worried about the heat as far as players’ health.”

I think a lot of the #Eagles offensive struggles today had to do with Mailata and Dillard being out. Pass rush was as oppressive as the heat. #Eagles

— John McMullen (@JFMcMullen) August 4, 2022

There are positives about grinding through the extreme heat, though.

“What you love about it, is this is how the first couple games will be played,” Sirianni said. “Atlanta last year, that game was hot. This year’s game in Detroit they’ll have the air conditioning on. But, after that, it’s going to be hot, and we have to be ready for that. It gets you in great shape.”

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