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On the deadline to trim the list to 53 players, the Cowboys have made a decision on who will serve as Dak Prescott’s backup.
The Dallas Cowboys have released quarterbacks Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert; a good sign of Dak Prescott’s health. Dallas’ franchise quarterback is expected to be good for the season opener against Tampa Bay.
DiNucci, a seventh-round pick for Dallas in 2020, made a name for himself last season and filled out former Cowboys signalman Andy Dalton while the team dealt with an abundance of injuries in its quarterback room.
In two games, DiNucci went 23-of-43 in 219 yards while failing to record a touchdown. He was probably at risk of losing a roster when the team got healthier.
The Cowboys broke off the band with quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci as Dak Prescott approaches 100 percent.
Garrett Gilbert entered the league in 2014 as a sixth-round pick of the Rams. From there, he jumped around the league before the Cowboys signed him in October 2020 due to the amount of injuries the team had at quarterback.
Gilbert’s preseason consisted of making his case to be Prescott’s direct backup. In his four games, he went 28-of-50 for 301 yards with a touchdown and zero interceptions.
In the end, the Cowboys decided to go with someone who has been in their system the longest and who they trust the most to back up their star quarterback: Cooper Rush.
This is good news for the Cowboys, as their willingness to stand out with quarterback depth means they are happy with Prescott’s health.