Even if he’s not actually playing, the Cowboys recognize that Will Grier can be a major asset to them, especially this week.
Grier is being utilized on the scout team this week to simulate Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, per Mike Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy cited that Grier played in a similar offense at West Virginia to what Philadelphia runs with Hurts.
Cowboys QB Will Grier to simulate Eagles QB Jalen Hurts this week on practice scout team, Mike McCarthy said. Team has used WR Cedrick Wilson, CB C.J. Goodwin as QBs in past. "Will has played in this kind of offense at West Virginia. I think he will do a heck of a job."
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 12, 2022
This comes a week after the Cowboys promoted Grier from the practice squad to the active roster. Grier served as Dallas’ backup to Cooper Rush against the Rams and is expected to fill the same role with Dak Prescott still recovering again this week.
Grier was added to Dallas’ practice squad before the start of the season. Many were surprised Grier didn’t make the team at that time due to his strong play during the preseason, but it was revealed that he was dealing with a groin injury. Players are allowed to move up from the practice squad to the active roster and go back three times without going through waivers or being released.
Before being drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 100th pick (3rd round) of the 2019 NFL Draft, Grier spent two seasons as WVU’s starting quarterback in 2017 and 2018 after transferring from Florida.