Cowboys’ Jerry Jones boosts confidence in Cooper Rush after win over Bengals: ‘He exceeded my expectations’

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Dallas Cowboys Team owner Jerry Jones seemed very pleased with Cooper Rush’s performance in the team’s 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Rush helped bring down the Cowboys the field to set up Brett Maher’s winning basket. Maher landed the kick from 50 yards and gave Rush his second victory as a starter.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 29.  18, 2022, in Arlington, TX.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 29. 18, 2022, in Arlington, TX.
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“I exceeded my expectations. I did it,” Jones said of Rush after the game. “No reason he can’t, but he exceeded my expectations. I thought his passing was exceptional.”

Rush was 19 for 31 with 235 passing yards and a touchdown pass to Noah Brown in the first quarter. Brown finished with five catches for 91 yards. Ceedee Lamb added seven catches for 75 yards.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush warms up before the game on Sunday, September 29.  18, 2022, in Arlington, TX.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush warms up before the game on Sunday, September 29. 18, 2022, in Arlington, TX.
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“Whenever you’re there you just want to go play ball and do your job. Luckily I have a really good football team,” Rush said, via the team website. “It helps, (to have) great players around me, and you just want to keep improving. At the end of the day, it was only my second career start, so you just want to keep improving.”

Jones said some of the anxiety he was feeling after Week 1 has eased. Dak Prescott fell with a broken thumb in the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I’m telling you, this performance here today from Rush takes away a lot of the angst,” he said.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple on Sunday, September 29.  February 18, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Noah Brown is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple on Sunday, September 29. February 18, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Dallas will face the New York Giants next Monday.