Stephen Jones: Dak Prescott is going to be better than last year

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was the breakout star of the NFL last season, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.

That’s the word from Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones, who said Prescott is committed to improving and will be better than he was as a rookie.

“He knows he’s got to take his game to another level,” Jones said. “The great ones get better each year. I think he expects that from himself, I know he puts in the work, I know he’s a leader, the team responds to him, the team wants to play hard for him. That’s rare. I think he’s going to answer the bell and I think he’s going to be better than he was last year.”

Jones said that while Prescott has enjoyed some of the fame and fortune of stardom, he hasn’t changed his approach to the game.

“I’m just amazed with how he handles himself,” Jones said. “Football is first. he’s got an insatiable appetite to want to get better.”

The Cowboys are putting pressure on Prescott to be the face of their franchise, and they think he’s up to the task.

48 responses to “Stephen Jones: Dak Prescott is going to be better than last year

  1. He could be the next RGIII. More likely that than he’s better, especially with his running back out 4 games to start the season.

  2. Let’s see…Prescott improved every one of his physical measurable from last year, and spent time working on his play with a QB guru down in Florida. Plus he now gets the starters reps.
    The data supports Stephen’s view.

  3. If Dak goes to have another excellent season, Dak should post to these boards “how you like me now ?”…and each troll on here should come back and say “I’m not worthy, Mr. Prescott, you proved me wrong”. Of course more than half other won’t admit it.

  4. If you look at the last 6 games of Dec-Jan, of @Min thru Divisional, with Dak bedding-in and teams getting tape, that should give some idea of 2017. Half were at home, they went 3-3 against mostly reasonable or good opposition with the only big score differential being at home to a Lions team playing a wounded Stafford. This year their strength of opponent ranking goes up from (13th updated 2016, to an estimated 8th for 2017). Gonna be a tougher year and watching to see if Dak can beat the tape and get this team to the Conference will be interesting – I think they’ll win the NFC East, thanks partly to Giants decline, but then get no further – which is still no mean feat btw.

  5. Well, the way things have been going for the Cowboys this offseason, Prescott had better be better…

  6. You can tell the Cowboys are good again… All the haters are out, and you can just taste the fear and jealousy in every one of their posts!!!

  7. officialgame says:
    Jul 24, 2017 8:41 AM
    I hope he meant a “better person” then the low life he’s been so far.

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    How exactly has Dak been a “low life”?

  8. I don’t think you can make a prediction how good a second year QB is going to be.

    First of all it’s a new team every year for every franchise. Also there is a lot of game film to watch on him.

    Hopefully he does improve, but I believe it’s impossible to predict.

  9. They had to dumb down the playcalling for RG3. Dak was playing in an actual pro offense last season and not in some gimmick offense.

  10. Dak will struggle considerably now that there is a yeas worth of film on him. Once teams take away the 5 yard out’s he is done. Colin Kapernick 2.0. As a result, the Cowboys will come back down to earth and be the below average team they have been for the better part of 2 decades.

  11. robust44blast says:
    Jul 24, 2017 9:57 AM
    Dak will struggle considerably now that there is a yeas worth of film on him. Once teams take away the 5 yard out’s he is done. Colin Kapernick 2.0. As a result, the Cowboys will come back down to earth and be the below average team they have been for the better part of 2 decades.

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    The Falcons and Steelers had 16 years of film on Brady….. How did that work out for them?

  12. Stephen Jones said “I know he’s a leader, the team responds to him, the team wants to play hard for him. That’s rare.”

    What’s rare…that the team responds to him or the team wants to play hard for its starting QB? Does this mean that wasn’t always the case with ROMO?

  13. Man, hate truly does make one blind–not a single comment backs up their argument of why they feel Dak will regress, not a single one. If you want to argue then back it up with some facts. Otherwise you look like a pathetic little hater.

  14. I love how for every young QB since the dawn of time, if he showed some stuff in his first or second year there was an expectation of growth. QB is a cerebral position that takes 5 or so years to master in terms of just a foundation (whereas most NFL positions require a year or two to learn all the major necessities), and so excepting injuries the ones who put in the work almost always grow significantly. Dak Prescott clearly puts in the work, and no matter how much his supporting cast helped him (note: it was quite a lot) he showed good stuff last year, and yet he is probably the first QB EVER in which people default to EXPECTING him to decline, rather than improve.

    Why is that? Because of biased trolls. There is no reason to expect him to get worse, just as he is NOTHING like RGIII. The only reason people use that comp is because they WANT Prescott to go the RGIII route, not because the comp has any basis in reality.

  15. .
    The answer obviously is unknown. However, it will be an interesting storyline for the year. Prescott has a full year of outstanding rookie QB play under his belt and by all measures should be improved.

    But, he’s been the sole focus of every defensive coordinator on the Cowboys schedule this offseason. And, as we all know DCs are by nature, a group of nasty, evil, people. They’ll throw the kitchen sink at Prescott in search of ways to get him off his game.
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  16. He will face 8 different teams on his schedule compared to last season.
    The 8 teams he faced last year that he will not face in 2017 had pass defenses ranked 32nd, 31st, 23rd, 18th, 14th, 13th, 5th and 4th (two in the top 10).
    The 8 new teams on the schedule in 2017 had 2016 pass defenses ranked 25th, 22nd, 19th, 10th, 9th, 6th, 3rd and 1st (five in the top 10).
    The degree of difficulty he will face appears to have increased. He will need to play better in order to maintain his fine level of play in his rookie campaign.
    He’s in a tough position. If he plays better he may only produce a similar season to last year and could be perceived as showing little growth. If he regresses, even slightly, this season could by ugly and he will face the wrath of a hungry, large fanbase.

  17. He’s going to have more rough patches as teams have more film on him to take away what he likes to do AND they play a tougher schedule with better defenses like KC and Denver. I look for him to have an uneven year as the team regresses a bit to 8-10 wins. However, he’ll still show enough to warrant the team’s investment in him as the future franchise QB. All the reports I’ve read say that he’s a football junkie and likes watching and dissecting film, unlike RGMe. That should help him get over the inevitable rough patches ahead.

  18. robust44blast says:
    Jul 24, 2017 9:57 AM
    Dak will struggle considerably now that there is a yeas worth of film on him. Once teams take away the 5 yard out’s he is done. Colin Kapernick 2.0. As a result, the Cowboys will come back down to earth and be the below average team they have been for the better part of 2 decades.

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    LOL. Wait, are you telling me that after 3, 6, 9, 12, or even 16 games last year that NFL defensive coordinators didn’t figure out the 5 yard out? Or was it that they couldn’t stop it? Either defensive coordinators in this league are garbage and blind, of the kid made plays. Look at the comeback he lead in the playoff game. The guy can play QB.

    Would you like some salt with that salt?

  19. It’s going to be tough to improve upon 67% completions and only throwing 4 interceptions for the season.

  20. sportoficionado says:
    Jul 24, 2017 10:25 AM
    Man, hate truly does make one blind–not a single comment backs up their argument of why they feel Dak will regress, not a single one. If you want to argue then back it up with some facts. Otherwise you look like a pathetic little hater.

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    I don’t understand the hate for Dak. He seems like a decent guy and he had a very good season. By all accounts he works hard and wants to improve. What else can anyone ask from him at this point?

  21. The Danish Ham, Dak, has a glaring weakness that he cannot possibly resolve over the off season – he is absolutely awful as a passer when under pressure – he masks this, like the precious ginger Great Gimmick formerly of the Redskins, by running like a girl.

    Every time the New York Nightmara Family Crime Syndicate rushed this clown, he failed miserably – and the Green Bay Cheese Packers did the same thing until they ran out of defensive players.

    The Danish Ham is a fraud – he is a good time girl who feasts off of lack of a pass rush – defenses who put pressure on him are always going to beat him – it is almost as if he can only execute an offense off a set play – it appears he cannot read a defense though he is not as incompetent as the Great Gimmick was.

    And defenses who just limit the bearded woman beater to 125 yards or less will always win – if the running game is not functioning, neither will the Danish Ham be effective. Defenses have to contain him and limit his impact on his feet or injure him so he only has a passing game to work from – and there is his downfall – he is not a great passer.

  22. lots of qbs don’t improve as much as they like in there second year. tougher schedule and defenses will know him better. I would say if he statistically has a similar year as last year it will be evidence that he is getting better but alot of people don’t see it that way. The Cowboys are going to struggle this year even though I think they are going to work there way back up and be a playoff contender for the next several years. This year is going to be tough on them.

  23. @ redlikethepig says:

    “All players get better and better every year.”

    Yeah, just like RGIII got better and better every year. Stick to your own team’s threads. Your trolling is pretty sad.

  24. Prescott is the lone star in Dallas, really a deplorable franchise, with a deplorable owner, and a clueless coach.

    How many stories have surfaced about off the field incidents and guys not showing up on time to training camp. You’d think a team that came so close last year would be chomping at the bit to improve and get over the hump. Nope, not the case.

    As a side note Tom Brady reports a week early. Think about it. Ultimate team player/leader and its infectious throughout the entire Patriots organization. A team that won last year and has zero to prove. This is a team to love.

  25. paultilifallblog says:
    Jul 24, 2017 11:09 AM

    LOL. Wait, are you telling me that after 3, 6, 9, 12, or even 16 games last year that NFL defensive coordinators didn’t figure out the 5 yard out? Or was it that they couldn’t stop it? Either defensive coordinators in this league are garbage and blind, of the kid made plays. Look at the comeback he lead in the playoff game. The guy can play QB.
    Would you like some salt with that salt?
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    That’s exactly what I am telling you. Kaepernick was the same way. Went to a SB. After that year, it was all down hill because teams took away the run and short outs causing Kap to throw it downfield. Look where he is now. Dak is Kaepernick 2.0 only less athletic.

    No salt here, just logic. Drink it in, you know it’s true.

  26. Why does everyone compare him to RGIII and Griffin? Because he’s black? He’s a pocket passer. He was one of the best QB against the rush statistically, and even Aaron Rogers had more rushing attempts.

  27. That should go without saying. Probably 99% of NFL QBs were better their second season than they were during their rookie season. Most are better their 3rd than they are their 2nd. Prescott is a once in a generation QB. Brady and Montana were generational QBs too, and just like Prescott, everybody missed on them too. Montana was the last player picked in the 3rd round, and Brady went in the 6th. Everyone was waiting for Brady to come back down to earth, and they’re still waiting. People are usually slow to admit they were wrong, so there are still a lot of people out there hoping and praying for Prescott to fail. Sometimes you just have to man up and move on with your life.

  28. robust44blast says:
    Jul 24, 2017 12:16 PM

    That’s exactly what I am telling you. Kaepernick was the same way. Went to a SB. After that year, it was all down hill because teams took away the run and short outs causing Kap to throw it downfield. Look where he is now. Dak is Kaepernick 2.0 only less athletic.

    No salt here, just logic. Drink it in, you know it’s true.

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    Fair enough. I’ll let the games do the talking. But keep in mind your comparison is not a comparison at all. SF ran a completely different offense that featured Colin as a running QB. It was built on play action and rolling Kap out of the pocket to get him in space and force the LBs to commit to him or stay in coverage. Dak operated out of the pocket and in the shotgun. He wasn’t a running QB and his number of carries and film show that.

  29. 700levelvet says:
    Jul 24, 2017 9:09 AM
    If he’s as clutch as Romo was…. Oh wait.

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    From 2007-2016, no QB had a higher passer rating in the 4th quarter than Tony Romo. I know it’s fashionable to not let pesky things like facts get in the way of a narrative, but your take makes CNN look credible.

    P.S. Prescott > Wentz
    P.P.S. Eagles Super Bowls 0-51 and counting.

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