Former Carolina Panthers QB Will Grier finds the perfect landing spot

(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) Will Grier
(Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports) Will Grier /

Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Will Grier has been claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys, which could be the perfect landing spot.

Will Grier was never the future for the Carolina Panthers, but the way his tenure with the team ended was still surprising.

The quarterback was supplanted as the primary backup by P.J. Walker who just finished a stint in the XFL. Certainly not the favored option considering the Panthers spent a third-round pick on Grier in 2019.

If Grier had shown even a bit of consistency he would still be on the Panthers’ roster.

Still, he didn’t have to wait long to find another opportunity.

The Dallas Cowboys put in a successful waiver wire claim for Grier shortly after Carolina cut him to compete with Cooper Rush for the backup quarterback role behind Dak Prescott.

The Cowboys signing Grier speaks of their desperation to find an option behind Prescott.

However, if they’re hoping Grier is the answer, it’s not exactly a guarantee.

If Prescott were to go down with injury again this season, the Cowboys’ chances would be over. Neither Rush nor Grier is capable of starting and winning at this point in their careers.

Will Grier has a fantastic opportunity awaiting him in Dallas.

For Grier, however, this is an amazing opportunity.

The Cowboys are “America’s Team” whether fans like it or not and any player on their roster is instantly relevant.

Yes, even Grier.

Coming into the preseason as the Panthers’ third option and ending it on the Cowboys roster competing for a spot behind Prescott is certainly a promotion. One Grier did little to earn during his time in Carolina.

One could make an argument that Grier outperformed Walker during the preseason. Certainly from a statistical standpoint after a strong outing in their second game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Matt Rhule has a close relationship with Walker from their time together at Temple. It’s also worth remembering that the former XFL MVP candidate did pick up a regular-season victory against the Detroit Lions in 2020.

A milestone Grier has yet to reach and might not ever do so unless he wins a starting job somewhere or Prescott’s eventful preseason shoulder problem becomes something more concerning.

Grier no doubt welcomed a fresh start. He was thrown to the wolves as a rookie and it was clear from pretty early on that Carolina’s new coaching staff wasn’t overly keen on his capabilities.

The West Virginia product will get a chance to learn behind a more established quarterback this season in Prescott. Something he hasn’t had thus far in his career.

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Perhaps it will be the change Grier needs to take a step forward and become a reliable secondary option.