Dak Prescott: We just scratched the surface last year

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At this time last year, Dak Prescott was expected to be an observer during his rookie season with the Cowboys after being selected in the fourth round of the draft.

A lot happened over the last 12 months. Tony Romo broke a bone in his back, opening the door for Prescott to take over as the starting quarterback and the Cowboys would go on to win 13 games in the regular season with Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott in leading roles. Prescott completed nearly 68 percent of his passes, threw 23 touchdown passes against four interceptions and wound up being chosen as the league’s top offensive rookie by the Associated Press.

The season ended with a painful playoff loss to the Packers, but the entire package set a high bar for Dallas heading into the 2017 season. Prescott told Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News that the team is just getting started, however.

“In Year One we just scratched the surface,” Prescott said. “We’re just getting started. I know we’ve been hitting these [offseason] workouts, and we’re just excited for what we can be as a team.”

The Cowboys re-signed wide receiver Terrance Williams, which leaves replacing right tackle Doug Free as the most significant issue on offense. The defense saw bigger changes in free agency and the Cowboys hope some of the seven draft picks they used on defensive players (and perhaps 2016 second-round linebacker Jaylon Smith as well) can fill in the holes.

It’s probably too much too hope that one will be a defensive version of Prescott or Elliott, but they may not need one if their encore does go as well as the first act.

69 responses to “Dak Prescott: We just scratched the surface last year

  1. Cowboys secondary lost 4 starters.
    Does Jerry realize that his offense I’d going to need to score 35 points a game?

    Giants will take division

  2. At the end of this year he will be scratching his head saying “what the hell happened ?”

  3. I like Prescott and hard to argue with what he accomplished in his rookie year, particularly where he was selected in the draft. Having said that, the defense continues to be ignored by the front office and that won’t work in the post season.

  4. As the film mounts, the difficulty of success increases.

    This year will be the truth of their combined talents and coaching.

    I hope they do well, they are excitong to watch.

    *Not a Cowboys fan.

  5. I disagree with Dak.. NFC east bolstered their D lines and he couldn’t handle the blitz. Sure his numbers looked great but his tape didn’t. That O-line may be able to run block but they sure can’t pass protect.. See every NFC east game last year, they were mauled up front

  6. all the Cowboys lost in the off-season is dead weight–Remember, Dak and the offense came back and tied that playoff game 31 all with less than a minute to play, at which time Rodgers sliced that Swiss cheese secondary up to put the packers within a FG. Say what you will, but with an improved defense and one year’s experience for both Dak and Zeke, i’m expecting really good things for this team this upcoming season.

  7. The reality is that NFL Defenses will have had the time to analyze and prepare how to attack him. Dak played well in his rookie year but don’t be surprised if he finds it much harder in year 2.

  8. Prescott is going to win two or three Super Bowls by the end of his career…bet on it.

  9. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve been listening to players say this.

    Sincerely,
    Patriot fan

  10. That’s the trouble Dak, ‘Boys been scratching at that itch now for 21 years, but maybe Zeke will help make a clean breast of things.

  11. uglydingo says:

    The reality is that NFL Defenses will have had the time to analyze and prepare how to attack him.
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    And another reality is that he has a year of experience.

  12. widerightyouloseagain says:

    History says he’ll find it much harder this year, we’ll see.
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    History says most quarterbacks are better in their second year than their rookie year.

  13. Dak is a great player no question about that.

    However the league’s DCs now have a whole season of film on him and have the offseason to study it. He could quite possibly experience a 2nd year slump as tear it up again.

  14. cabosan1978 says:

    RG3 said the same gibberish after his rookie year…
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    Dak proved he’s a pocket passer and ran read defenses and call proper audibles. RGIII never did.

  15. Lol – good luck with that. You play a first place schedule in 2017, as well as a fifth preseason game. No super bowl for you!

  16. What a find for Dallas in what – the 4th round? This guy will make strides and keep getting better at QB.
    Yeah the defense took a hit this off season but Cowboys are gonna be tough. NFC East will be a great battle IMO

  17. sceaglefan, I guess with al the excitement of getting the draft there you forgot to pay attention to what actually happened. Over 75% of the Cowboys picks were defensive players.

  18. @ seatownballers,

    “Cowboys secondary lost 4 starters. Does Jerry realize that his offense I’d going to need to score 35 points a game? Giants will take division.”

    We all know Carr, Church, Wilcox, & Claiborne are gone – thanks for the update, though. BTW, only Church and Carr were considered full-time starters, and Church started 13 out of 16 games last season. Claiborne missed close to 9 games on average the past two seasons, and Wilcox started only 3 games last year.

    Church will be missed, IMO. It was time for Carr to take his average game elsewhere, and Claiborne and Wilcox were expected to land elsewhere. Your “sky is falling” argument is simply way too premature, bro.

    To further downplay your weak argument, the Cowboys signed FA Nolan Carroll, and have Scandrick, Jones, Heath, and Brown. There are all your secondary starters (and wouldn’t you know it, they all have experience in the NFL). Dallas also drafted highly athletic players in the secondary, and to boot will get help with red-shirt freshman players in Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper.

    The Cowboys were 7th in the league in passing yards, and 5th in pts allowed per game last year. The 2017 D isn’t a unit that is going to suddenly give up 35 pts every game.
    But you keep on hating – it is apparently all you can do accurately. When the Giants don’t take the division, please come back on here to admit your ineptitude – deal?

  19. gauchosporlife says:

    Prescott is going to win two or three Super Bowls by the end of his career…bet on it.
    ——————————————————————
    Only if they trade him to the Seahawks or the Patriots.

  20. Hey …football is fun when your team is in the running. Cowboys had the regular season recipe for Ws…playoffs you have to play good teams, so you need more than just a smash mouth Oline.

  21. Like the steal of the draft last year Randy Gregory… I do recall hearing Cowboy fans chirp how he’d be defensive rookie of the year. Close

  22. I didn’t realize Dak was a fourth round pick. That makes the Cowboys unbelievable 2016 season even more incredible. I looked forward to watching the Cowboys last year, for a change. Dak seems like a good character. It should be interesting watching him evolve. (For the science deniers, the word “evolve” comes from the Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around.” To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. Footballs revolve; football players evolve; none of which is a war on religion.)

  23. A first round bye and then home field advantage. You still lost. Imagine having to play a wildcard and layoff game without home field advantage. It seems the path may be harder this year.

  24. Wow, it’s like Lord of the Rings, with all the trolls in here. Dallas drafted all defense, kept the offense in check and good coaches who can do more with less. They may not make the super bowl, but they will be good.

  25. For the science deniers, the word “evolve”

    What’s worse, believing in intelligent design, or that complex lifeforms appear by accident or random chance?

    On the Cowboys, I’ll take the wait and see approach. Early success in this League doesn’t guarantee anything.

  26. “We just scratched the surface last year”. – It’s the Cowboys way.. but you were a rookie…you’ll learn. Last year” is always a Cowboys reason for optimism while you make the playoffs and lose in the 1st round every year.

  27. Eagles fan here. Anyone writing negative posts about Dak clearly doesn’t know football. He is calm, accurate and has a great o line with darn good receivers. And their defense will probably continue to improve. The truth is that Dallas scored in last year’s draft and may be dangerous for years to come.

  28. LOL looking forward to the excuses after Dak has another GREAT season.

    “Now Defensive Coordinators have 2 full years of tape on this guy! He’s SCREWED now!!!”

  29. Get rid of the coach, after all his was clock mis management, time out mismanagement and general cluster screw up that allowed green bay to win. Green bay deserved the win and Jerrah’s puppet coach deserved the claim for the loss, not coach of the year for gods sake..

  30. A lot of HOF QBs struggled early in their careers. Most QBs don’t get going until year 3 or 4. I believe Prescott isn’t even close to the QB he’ll eventually become.

  31. abninf says:
    May 7, 2017 7:02 PM
    widerightyouloseagain says:

    History says he’ll find it much harder this year, we’ll see.
    ====================================

    History says most quarterbacks are better in their second year than their rookie year.
    ==============================================
    So we should expect more than 23 tds, less than 4 ints, and more than 3,700 yards passing? Truth is , those numbers will be hard to duplicate.

  32. TheWizard says:
    May 7, 2017 9:00 PM
    For the science deniers, the word “evolve”

    What’s worse, believing in intelligent design, or that complex lifeforms appear by accident or random chance?

    On the Cowboys, I’ll take the wait and see approach. Early success in this League doesn’t guarantee anything.

    ————————————————————

    Wow! Show a little love for Latin and word roots, and a war on science breaks out.

  33. uglydingo says:
    May 7, 2017 6:33 PM

    The reality is that NFL Defenses will have had the time to analyze and prepare how to attack him. Dak played well in his rookie year but don’t be surprised if he finds it much harder in year 2.
    ———————————————————–Normal hater talk here! When Dak tore up the preseason, the haters said it was bc of preseason “vanilla” defenses and just wait until he faces real defenses. Then he proceeded to tear up “real” defenses at the start of the season, with only one ,one point loss coming in the first game. Then the haters said wait until defenses “figure him out” and proceeded to lead his team to 13-3 recording the highest rookie QB rating in history and third in 2016, only behind the 2 QB’s that started the Super Bowl (Ryan and Brady). By the way, 2 of those losses were by a total of 4 points (a 1 point and a 3 point loss to the Giants) and the last game they played their starters 1 series against the Eagles!

    People can’t let go of the fact he’s just an outstanding QB. I see him getting even better and becoming the premiere QB in this league. As he did all last season, he will only get better bc he is dedicated to his profession and seriously wants to be the best.

  34. Stop complaining about the “haters”. Win a playoff game and then, and only then, come back and tell us that you’re for real.

  35. Dak was put into a position that all rookie QBs wish they had.

    Great Offensive Line
    Very good RB
    Good WRs
    Good Defense.

    He also didn’t have the burden of being a first round draft pick. The pressure on him was fairly minimal. He wasn’t supposed to start but was only in there due to injury and was there to complement the running game, not carry the load.

    Most 1st round QBs are thrown to the wolves behind a bad offensive line with zero running game (see Rams) trying to score 40 a game. Dak stepped up last year but now the expectations from here on out are to make the playoffs or bust.

    The bar is set high. The road is going to get tougher for him.

  36. No matter how you feel about the Cowboys (I hate the creepy owner but am otherwise ambivalent) it’s pretty obvious that a rookie QB gets much better in year 2. Elliot? Probably not as good this year as teams load up against him. But he may not need to be. If Prescott takes the next step, they should improve.

  37. It will be interesting to see how Dak does this season. The kid showed lots of poise last year and he looks like he has both the physical skills and cerebral firepower to handle the job. I expect him to have a pretty good year.

  38. Dallas did secure the #1 seed last year so they can’t improve on that, it’s a pretty solid bet that they won’t. Before the Hype Machine gets turned all the up to 11 on the meter, I would like to see the Cowboys merely win a playoff game. It seems to me that has been their short fall since the 90’s.

  39. it’s funny that Steeler fans are blogging negative comments about the Boys, they are still stinging and seem to have forgotten that Zeke ran through the Steel Curtain, more like a Shower Curtain defense at that dump they call Heinz ketchup field last season.

  40. All this “They have a year of film on him and have him figured out” is just dumb. If he is any good then he has the same film and has been working on his weaknesses. All of the NFL evolves so as D’s evolve so should Prescott. There were a couple of posts that alluded to this. He is not the same type QB as Kaperdick or RGIII.

    Dallas should be 10-6 or 11-5 this year. The difference between a 1st place and last place schedule is 2 teams/games … hardly a noteworthy difference. Y’all should learn things before you spout off on a sports board and remove all doubt of y’all’s ignorance.

    I think the NFC East will be hugely competitive as it alway is… unlike several other conferences which always have a bunch of turd teams.

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