By Alex Al-Kazzaz
After releasing Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci, the Dallas Cowboys decided to go in a new direction regarding the Quarterback depth. The release of DiNucci is no surprise while the Gilbert situation comes differently. At the beginning of the preseason, he seemed poised to be Dak Prescott's backup but unconvincing results said otherwise.
The Cowboys claiming Will Griers truly is a smart move. Of course, Cam Newton was available as he was released by the New England Patriots, however, the Cowboys decided to go with Grier. Grier was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. He started his college football career with the University of Florida before transferring to the University of West Virginia.
Doug Nussmeier is very familiar with Grier. Nussmeier is currently the Quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys. He was the offensive coordinator and QB's coach for the Florida Gators while Grier was there. Grier played six games under Nussmeier's offense. So there's the connection. It wouldn't be surprising if Nussmeier was involved in bringing Grier to Dallas.
At the moment, it's unclear who's the official backup. We're likely to find out sometime this week if not, it'll be before next Thursday. The Cowboys are preparing for their opening showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.