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Dak Prescott has no illusions about job, but has no interceptions either

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) AP

It doesn’t matter what Dak Prescott does, he knows he’s a temp.

But what he’s done so far is at least showing he might be the guy the Cowboys eventually trust when Tony Romo isn’t on the way back.

This is Romo’s team,” Prescott said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’ve said that from the moment that I was named the starter, and he went down. I’m just trying to do my best to win games and put this team in a successful position to do that week in and week out, and when he comes back I’ll leave that up to the big guys.”

So far, he’s doing just that. He’s set a league record for most pass attempts by a rookie starter in his first two games without an interception (75, the record was Warren Moon’s 72 and Carson Wentz is just behind at 71). He hasn’t thrown a touchdown yet either, but he has led the Cowboys to a win in two starts, matching what all the replacements did last year in 12.

Romo’s expected to miss at least six games because of the compression fracture in his back, but he’s already started throwing as he recovers. But as long as Prescott plays smartly, the Cowboys may actually survive his absence this time.

“I think he’s an excellent decision-maker,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Prescott. “He’s handled the different situations in the game very well. We’ve had success; he’s handled that well. We’ve had some adversity; he’s handled that well. We’ve been ahead; he’s handled that well. We’ve been behind; he’s handled that well. So I think you put all of those things together, you feel good about where he is in all aspects of his game.”

But perhaps most of all, Prescott has enough self-awareness to know nothing he’s going to do is going to buy him more time this season, since Romo’s physical condition is the only real factor in who starts.

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6 Responses to “Dak Prescott has no illusions about job, but has no interceptions either”
  1. jerryyouradisgrace says: Sep 20, 2016 8:25 AM

    Dak you have been solid, maybe even great at times, and I think you will continue to get better…However you are right …this is still Romo’s team

  2. guyljr says: Sep 20, 2016 9:03 AM

    Hopefully Romo can stay on the field. I think 1.5 to 2.5 years behind Tony would be very beneficial to Dak’s development.

  3. ariani1985 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:43 AM

    Wentz > this clown!

  4. cometkazie says: Sep 20, 2016 11:35 AM

    It’s good seeing this kid do well, even if it’s for the Cowboys.

  5. angrylionsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 3:57 PM

    It’s silly for Romo to rush back IMO. If I were him I’d retire. He’s made his money, he’s had a long career? Why keep playing til you spoil your health for the rest of your life?

  6. strasburgvacowboy says: Sep 20, 2016 10:12 PM

    Its Romo’s team?… I have seen these things unfold in all directions and if Dak keeps improving on where he is now you’re guess is as good as mine. I say stay with the younger healthy guy if he is playing well instead of putting Tony back in just to break something.

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