N.Y. Giants claim QB Cooper Rush for a reunion with former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett

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The Giants are reuniting former Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush with Jason Garrett, their offensive coordinator and his former head coach in Dallas.

The Cowboys waived the 26-year-old Rush to make their signing of Andy Dalton official Monday, and it’s no surprise the Giants had some interest, considering the former Central Michigan star had been with Garrett since joining Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

The Giants waived former Monmouth star wide receiver Reggie White Jr. to make room on the roster for Rush, who becomes the fifth quarterback currently on the team. Daniel Jones is the unquestioned starter and Colt McCoy was signed to be his primary backup, while Alex Tanney and undrafted rookie Case Cookus are also on the roster. Tanney joined Jones and Eli Manning in last year’s quarterback room and was often praised by former head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants picked up his option for 2020, but his deal contains relatively minimal guarantees until the regular season begins, so it will be interesting to see how the position plays out.

Rush has appeared in just five games over three years as a professional, attempting just three passes while completing one, primarily serving as the No. 2 quarterback behind Dak Prescott the last two seasons. His knowledge of Garrett’s system is a potential asset with the Giants learning a new playbook during their virtual offseason program, which began last week.

With Eli Manning having retired, Jones assumes the leadership role in the room. Giants coach Joe Judge praised his 22-year-old quarterback last week in an interview on CBS Sports Radio, and it was the 38-year-old Manning who took to the microphone on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday to give his thoughts on Jones entering this season, among other topics.

“I think it will be easier this year for him to kind of step up as that leader,” Manning said of Jones. “Last year was probably awkward for him, me being there, me being in meeting rooms and just kind of the whole dynamic. Me being gone and, hey, he is the quarterback, he is the guy, for him to have that control and the authority over receivers and offensive line. I think he’s proven to be tough and works hard, he’s done all the right things, he has gone in with that approach of keeping his head down and not saying more than he has to, working hard and earning the respect from the teammates. Now he can elevate that where now he’s in charge. The questions are coming to him from the coordinator, he’s going to have to give his voice and his opinion on things.”

There are no guarantees the Giants keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster as they did last season. Rush signed his original round restricted free agent tender worth $2.1 million in March, but that only becomes guaranteed if he makes the team. The dead money from Tanney’s 2020 option if he’s released is less than $1 million.

They could conceivably keep Jones and McCoy, place Cookus on the practice squad and part ways with both Rush and Tanney, but those decisions appear to be at least a few months away.


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