It’s a rough day in the NFL for many, with teams across the league cracking their rosters from 80 players to the mandatory number of 53 by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 31. Cowboys in DallasThat sure meant channeling the hatchet into the quarterback – after they spent all of July and August trying to figure out who would bring the quarterback back into the two Pro Bowls. Duck Prescott. He was Garrett Gilbert Getting into training camp and getting ready for the season as the hottest favorites, but things changed at the end of August, when Cooper Rush assert himself against Arizona Cardinals.
I felt like the decision had been made at that point, and it turns out that it was – despite Gilbert playing well at the end of pre-season. The Cowboys released Gilbert during the final cuts, sources told CBS Sports, sending him into the side-by-side concessions, sources told CBS Sports. Ben Dinucci And Rush is effectively crowned as QB2, at least for the time being. Sources also state that the Cowboys will keep an eye on the exemption wire if the QB is available free and feel it’s an upgrade on the Rush. If not, the familiar face of Rush will be behind Prescott in 2021.
The writing has been on the wall for a long time regarding DiNucci, who said earlier this season that his poor start in the NFL as a freshman “wasn’t there.” However, it appears that when looking at his poor pre-season performance this year it included four interceptions and nearly several more, if not dropped by the opposing players. Dinucci has dominated James Madison University but has been a disappointment in the NFL so far, and now his time at Dallas is over. Time will tell if it’s just a day or so, because there’s still a chance for DiNucci to get more time to develop on the coaching staff.
The same goes for Gilbert, who qualifies for the 16-man unit and who has done more than Dinoshi in proving he belongs in Dallas. But for now, they’re both hitting the waiver wire and waiting to see what the next step in the NFL will be.
Check out the full list of Cowboys’ cuts – updated as they are nominated – and be sure to refer to our View the CBS Sports final list for Dallas To see which ones are expected and which ones are a complete surprise.
Keep in mind that there will be many players on the current active roster who have been moved to IR on Wednesday and shortly thereafter, and players from the COVID/Reserve roster will also be activated this week, meaning that many players will likely be released on Tuesday Re-sign before the week ends (eg, Jeremy Sprinkle, Jake McQuaid).
- Ben Dinucci, QB
- Garrett Gilbert, QB
- Isaac Alarcon OL (IPP Exception)
- Stephen Parker, S
- Eric Smith, OT
- Tyler Coyle, S
- Austin Fowlow, DT
- Rondell Carter, DL
- Darian Thompson, S
- Osiris Mitchell, WR
- Jaguan Hardy, right-back
- Brylon Jones, ol
- Brendan Knox, right-back
- Brandon Smith, WR
- Johnny Dixon, WR
- Aaron Parker, WR
- Reggie Davis, WR
- Nick Ralston, FB
- Artyogul Lynn, TE
- Jeremy Rush, TE
- Nick Eubanks, TE
- Justin Hamilton, DT
- Jake McQuaid, LS
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