By Adam Collins
When the legend Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo hit the turf in the preseason game against Seattle, who could’ve predicted that Dak Prescott would step in like he did as a rookie. I remember at the time of the Romo injury people were talking about Jameill Showers as being the guy to step in for Romo until he could return. Now, Showers is a safety on the practice squad (LOL). Dak Prescott has been silencing the doubters since day 1. He single handily made Mississippi State the AP #1 team for a few weeks in his college days. On top of that, he nearly broke every single record there is to break at QB for the Bulldogs. So, when Prescott heard the name Showers after the Romo injury I’m sure it only pushed him to work harder to gain that starting position.
Once Dak gained the starting QB job of the Dallas Cowboys, he never looked back. He put up veteran-type QB numbers in his first season. In the 2016 regular season, Prescott completed 311 of 459 passing attempts for a 67.8% completion percentage. To put that into perspective, Tom Brady had a 67.4% completion percentage in 2016. Now I know I will get a lot of people who say, “Dak’s completion percentage is only so high because he only throws screens and short slants.” And yes that’s very accurate, but he’s also a rookie and the deep ball will come more frequently as he progresses every year. Dak also threw for 23 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. In Tom Brady’s first season as a starter, he threw for 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The thing is, people are so hard on Dak because he plays for America’s Team and they have to try and find something wrong with him. The problem is, he put up veteran numbers as a rookie so what can you say wrong about him? Dak also got it done on the ground last season. He ran for over 282 yards and 6 touchdowns on 57 rushing attempts.
Dak Prescott, along with Ezekiel Elliott, re-energized the Cowboys last season, becoming an iconic rookie duo. Both players deserve a ton of credit for the Cowboys recent success. Now, am I saying that a healthy Tony Romo couldn’t have had the same kind of success Dak Prescott had in 2016? No, I’m not saying that. I know that if Tony Romo would’ve stayed healthy last year then we still would’ve been a Super Bowl contender. But even though we lost in the second round of the Playoffs, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t give Dak the praise he deserves for a wonderful regular season and giving us a glimpse into such a bright future. With Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the way, the Dallas Cowboys are in great hands and should sit back and enjoy these once in a generation type players while we have them.
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