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Dak Prescott is one of the more heavily scrutinized quarterbacks
Posted by: chenyan94
Date: January 07, 2019 08:20PM
in the National Football League. It comes with the territory of playing the quarterback position for one of the most iconic and recognized brands in all of sports and performing in the national spotlight nearly every week.While Prescott is far from a finished product DeMarcus Ware Jersey , the former fourth-round pick appears to be picking up his play from where it was prior to the 2017 Falcons game — a game that Prescott was feeling the effects from as early as the first-half of this season.But, with his partner in crime Ezekiel Elliott back, a revamped wide receiver corps, and regained confidence that we haven’t seen in quite some time, Dakota Prescott is reminding people why he was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.Dak’s performance against the Eagles was record-setting.Sunday’s game was the Cowboys’ season in a nutshell: an ugly performance in which the offense failed to capitalize until their backs were against the wall and the team pulled out the win. It was a roller coaster of a game, going from a slug-fest to a shootout as soon as the clock switched from the third quarter to the fourth frame. Dak had a forgettable game for the first three quarters — and then he remembered it was winning time in the fourth quarter and overtime. All Prescott did was throw for over 230 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime period, answering every challenge that he faced.Prescott’s 445 yard day was the most ever by a Cowboys signal caller in a game in which Dallas came out on the winning side, as noted by BTB’s own RJ Ochoa. Only Tony Romo (506) and Don Meredith (460) threw for more yards in a single game in franchise history.The quarterback missed a sure-touchdown to Michael Gallup, but he made up for it with a pair of dimes to Amari Cooper.Speaking of Amari Cooper...Amari Cooper has been everything that Dak Prescott has needed.Everyone heard the noise of how the Cowboys overpaid for Amari Cooper when they sent their 2019 first-round draft choice in exchange for the Pro Bowl wide receiver who happens to only be 24 years of age.Cooper is known for his route-running ability, a trait that helped him land in the top-5 of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Alabama product has a high football IQ and understands how to sell his routes in order to get open. Prior to the acquisition of Cooper, the Cowboys, with the exception of Cole Beasley, appeared to have trouble creating separation. It was no coincidence that Cooper was among the league leader’s of yards per separation at the time of the deal. Dak has immediately created a connection with the young receiver Ezekiel Elliott Color Rush Jersey , as Cooper has been a huge weapon in the passing game. Coop has not only proven to be a consistent and reliable target, the budding star has also shown that he is capable of taking over games — versus Washington on Thanksgiving Day and the Eagles this past Sunday.The Dak-to-Amari connection has the Cowboys at the top of the league in third-down conversions, a stat that has been a huge correlation in the Cowboys turning its season around.Dak Prescott leads the NFC in passing yards during Cowboys’ winning-streak.Yes, you read that right. Dak Prescott, the one who struggled to hit 200 yards through the air during his slump from the last-half of last season to the first-half of this season, leads the entire NFC — the same conference that features the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Jared Goff — in passing yardage during the last five weeks, all of which have been Cowboys wins.Perhaps as impressive as that, Prescott is third in the entire league in the same category over the same time period. It’s not because of dinking and dunking, either.While it helps to have a player like Amari Cooper who can do damage after the catch, Prescott is doing some damage on the length of his throws Nobody in the NFC has more touchdown passes of 40+ yards than the third-year signal caller in Dallas.This was a dime of a 28-yarder , too:Dak shows up in November and December.Last but not least, Dak Prescott has proven to be a clutch performer during his three seasons in the NFL. Prescott has also shown that he can win when the calendar turns to November. We all know about 2016, but even when factoring a less-than-ideal finish to the 2017 season, Prescott has an impressive winning percentage in the last two months of the regular season — when winning is as important as ever. He is also pretty good when the game is on the line, too.The Cowboys are well on their way to a third consecutive winning season with Prescott at the helm. The acquisition of Amari Cooper has brought out a lot of questions from Cowboys fans in recent weeks. Recently, BTB member Crazy Cowboy emailed us with several questions about the team’s new wide receiver. After a breakout performance on Thanksgiving, more and more fans are feeling pretty good about the trade so the questions have shifted from “was he worth it” to “just how good can this Cowboys team be?”We care about what’s on your mind so here are some answers to some questions regarding the Cowboys new star receiver.Could the Cowboys procured Josh Gordon, having him provide the same type of diversity the offense needed while only giving up say a 5th rounder?Without even factoring in the potential headache, Gordon doesn’t @#$%& the type of traits they were looking for during this wide receiver remodel. Gordon has great size, great speed, and has a catch radius to make some nice catches, but the team made a movement to find receivers who are route-running specialists and that’s the weakest part of Gordon’s game. His lankiness and long strides make it hard for him to get out of his breaks quickly and just doesn’t give the team what they’re looking for.When you look at the receivers the Cowboy brought in this year, Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup - they run routes well and they have a quarterback that relies on that timing and extra separation to be effective in the passing game. Gordon just wasn’t what the team was looking for.Even if Gordon was a one year stop gap measure Kavon Frazier Jersey , they could have drafted a wide receiver number 1 this coming year at a cap friendly number. There are two things about giving up a first-round draft pick that are cause for pause when it comes to the Cooper deal. The first one is that cheap cap number over the next four years (five if you pick up his option). The second is just how well this organization has been drafting in the first round. It’s hard not to believe they wouldn’t have landed another great player based on the success they’ve had over the last several years.The problem is - getting all the stars to align just right to get a talented wide receiver. Are there any standout receivers that fit with what the Cowboys are looking for? If so, there’s a good chance that they’d either have to reach to get him if he’s just not quite worth the pick or they’d have to trade up to land him and that would require using even more draft capital. There is a lot of uncertainty with being able to finagle the right scenario to get their receiver and that doesn’t even factor in the uncertainty of the player himself. So many first-round receivers have flamed out in recent years so the risk is massive.The Cowboys sidestepped all those variables and got the guy they wanted. Cooper has the attributes that are perfect for his quarterback. He’s also got the character that meshes well with this locker room. And since he was so young when he was drafted, his youthful age of 24 means the Cowboys are getting a player with a long future in the NFL. Why didn’t Jerry take care of this issue in the offseason?The Cowboys tried to, but they didn’t properly assess their passing game situation. As much as I love Dez Bryant, the Cowboys were right in letting him go. He just wasn’t getting separation and the struggles were there last season with Dez on the team. So, the Dez release wasn’t the issue.The problem came when they didn’t do enough to reload. And that’s not to say that the receiving group was bad. They weren’t. Cole Beasley would be the first to tell you they were getting open and he was right. But the windows were not enough for Prescott to make the throws. Dak constantly chose to check down and the Cowboys passing game became essentially non-existent.While it was a misstep to roll with what they had, it has to feel good that the Cowboys took action and did something about it. Did it come with a price? Yes - a slow start. But if they knew all the answers up front, winning would be easy. The Cowboys guessed, guessed wrong, and then took a chance on Cooper to be the fix. It’s early, but I don’t think they guessed wrong on that one.Does the Cooper trade make the Cowboys a Super Bowl contender or just competitive?When the Cowboys are playing well, they have a good defense and now with Cooper - they have a good offense. With a good sample of games to go from, this team has shown us that they are capable of playing good football Cole Beasley Color Rush Jersey , but consistency continues to be a problem for the offense. There is no denying Cooper has jump-started this offense. He’s certainly worth a first and I got a t-shirt arriving shortly to share that message proudly (you can too if you want). But even with Cooper, the offense still can be sluggish out of the gate and is always leaving points on the table. These are certainly kinks that can be worked out, but until that happens - I’m reluctant to call them a Super Bowl contender.This Cowboys team has made a lot of progress. A lot of the things we were concerned about at the beginning of the season (safeties, left guard, wide receivers, etc.) are showing a lot of improvement. Even Geoff Swaim has played way better than many expected. But one thing some of us underestimated was just how many of these changes impacted Dak Prescott. He’s fighting through it and looks a lot better as of late, but ultimately he’s the barometer that decides how hot this team will be. If Dak starts playing well, then things could get interesting down the stretch.Fun Fact:

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